Developing the brain through movement




Hoag, Janet K.

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title



Movement has long been seen as facilitating learning. Recent research in neuroplasticity tells us the brain is a dynamic organ capable of change and that movement can affect executive function. This paper proposes to explore the relationships between movement, motor function and executive function in typical primary children. The role of primary reflexes in motor function and executive function is examined. A research study is proposed. The purpose of the study is to find if a specific movement program can facilitate the integration of primary reflexes, thus aiding in motor function, and the affect this may have on executive functioning in children in the primary grades. Results could have implications in the early years for practices that may lay a strong foundation for healthy neurodevelopment, responsible for executive function such as reading and self- regulation.



movement, neuroplasticity, cognitive function, executive function, self-regulation, primary reflexes, learning, early years, children, reading, education, curriculum