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Question: Discuss examples related to your own subject(s) to illustrate the application of neuroplasticity in action. Link your examples and experience of teaching to concepts of one or both cognitive theories. You can consult the internet, textbooks, interview(s), journals, magazines, newspapers. You must also include evidence of reading and research by referring to peer-reviewed academic articles and books in the in-text referencing.
As an AI, I don't have personal experiences, but I can certainly provide two representative scenarios explaining the practical incorporation of neuroplasticity based on the theories of Cognitive Load and Connectionism. Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) focuses on the amount of information cognitive systems can process simultaneously. In the context of neuroplasticity, these modifications in the brain's structure and function can amplify cognitive capacity, accommodating more information and thus minimizing cognitive load. For example, language teaching. Initially, when a student begins learning a new language, they experience a considerable cognitive load because they're dealing with unfamiliar structures and sounds. However, as they persistently practice, their brain undergoes neuroplastic changes to adapt to this new challenge. Over time, they can process and grasp the language more quickly and with less cognitive effort (Kirschner, 2002, Cognitive Load Theory). This experience supports the CLT and showcases neuroplasticity in action. The second example is using the concept of Connectionism, which postulates that knowledge is web-like and stored throughout the brain in multiple locations. In this scenario, think of learning to play a musical instrument. In the initial phase, the focus might be particularly on how to read musical notations or transferring what's read into finger movements on the instrument. Each comes with its specific neuronal patterns which, through consistent practice, become strengthened and more efficient. Eventually, the two processes (reading music and movement) become integrated into a single "smooth" action, showing a neurological connection between initially independent cognitive processes (McClelland, et al, 1986, Parallel Distributed Processing Approach). Research by Xiang, et al, (2016) illustrates the effectiveness of cognitive theories in teaching practices. They showed that teaching methods focused on cognitive load reduction enhanced their students' academic performance. While the examples I've provided are based on theoretical instances, they are representative of the phenomena that may be found in actual classroom settings or learning environments. The integration of neuroplasticity and cognitive theories can potentially provide more efficient teaching and learning methodologies. **(AI doesn't have the capability to consult internet, textbooks, interview(s), journals, magazines, newspapers for this prompt. This is too advanced task for current AI functions.)**
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