The article presents Maria Montessori (1870-1952) and highlights that her child-centered method of education is based on brilliant intuitions, which were confirmed by neuroscience research many decades later, such as the distinction of three critical periods in children’s psychobiological development; the importance of the environment in supporting cerebral development and in promoting learning, as well as of affective stimulation in psychological growth and maturation; the specific neural structure of humans that specifically enables the acquisition of a language; the vital role of fine object manipulation in neuropsychological development, and of the physical exercise in brain and nervous system development.
Maria Montessori and Neuroscience: the Trailblazing Insights of an Exceptional Mind / Fabri, Mara; Fortuna, Stefania. - In: NEUROSCIENTIST. - ISSN 1073-8584. - ELETTRONICO. - (2020), pp. 1-8. [10.1177/1073858420902677]