This is a Dr.Lalith Mendis blog.
Early learning for children must be with empathy engaging the heart brain of 40000 neurones alongside the big brain. Mother’s Bonding & empathy teach better than qualifications of other teachers. Smart techniques early away from mother do not contribute to better learning. In actual fact they retard learning & delay speech. D1 receptors of dopamine are overcharged by pixel (digital) stimulation causing poor working memory. Excessive stimulation causes delay-related firing of the neurons’ non-preferred directions with brain having increased background “noise”. Increased dopamine, noradrenaline & cortisol in these children brains inhibit executive empathic functions of the prefrontal cortex producing the impulsivity, inattention & hyperactivity of ADHD. “Heavy users of smart phones are likely to develop the left side of their brains, leaving the right side untapped or underdeveloped,” he said. The right side of the brain is linked with concentration and its failure to develop will affect attention and memory span, which could in as many as 15 per cent of cases lead to the early onset of dementia.