Neuroscience-based programs – what are they?

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Neuroscience programs maximise learning potential.

How can we enhance attention and engagement?

How can we develop reading fluency?

How can we improve working memory?

These questions and more are being answered by neuroscience – the exciting field of science that studies how the brain works to maximise learning potential.

Neuroscience informs the development of neuroscience-based learning programs which incorporate proven research and are designed to facilitate significant and long-term learning gains in the shortest time possible.

All good neuroscience-based learning programs incorporate four key principles to optimise learning

  1. Repetition & intensity – frequent, daily practice develops neural pathways and helps information to ‘stick’. That’s why once per week interventions aren’t as effective.
  2. Attention – we only learn when we are paying attention so it’s important that interventions are engaging and interactive, like some computer-based interventions.
  3. Timely reinforcement – the brain learns best when it receives positive reinforcement immediately following a correct response. In fact, there’s an organisation set up by the University of California dedicated solely to the importance of timing for the brain.
  4. Working memory – increasing your ability to retain information enables you to:
    – Read a book and remember the beginning of the story
    – Listen to your teacher and remember what you are taught
    – Follow multiple instructions
    – Handle complex mathematical equations that involve comprehension

Sonic Learning is a provider of two leading neuroscience-based programs

The Fast ForWord and Cogmed programs are based on strong scientific research and incorporate these key neuroscience principles to efficiently optimise learning potential.


The Fast ForWord programs improve core cognitive skills including auditory processing, working memory, attention, reading, and comprehension. They were designed by neuroscientists to enable students to become better, more efficient learners.

The Cogmed programs intensively train working memory and sustainably improve attention.

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Have a question about learning, neuroscience and/or education? Contact the team of health and education professionals at Sonic Learning.