News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education

Brain Science in the Classroom

by Benedict Carey

Edweek | November 1, 2014

The most valuable course a student could take is not currently a part of any standard curriculum. It's Learning 101—specifically, how the brain picks up knowledge and skills most efficiently. [Commentary]

Myth-conceptions: How Myths about the Brain are Hampering Teaching

University of Bristol | October 1, 2014

A new survey of teachers suggests that myths about the brain pervade the education system. “These ideas are often sold to teachers as based on neuroscience -- but modern neuroscience cannot be used support them," says study author Paul Howard-Jones. "These ideas have no educational value and are often associated with poor practice in the classroom.”

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New Evidence That Sleep-Deprived Teenagers Need to Start School Later

by Liz Dwyer | August 1, 2014

A paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends letting teens start class after 8:30 a.m.

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Neuroscience as a STEM Subject

Society for Neuroscience Video | August 1, 2014

Neuroscience isn’t just for biology class! Learn how you can use the science of the brain to enliven your chemistry or physics lessons. In this video, learn about the homunculus, the structure of the sensory cortex, from Jim Olson, a professor at Wright State University. The hands-on activity presented here will show you how to do the two-point discrimination test and create a representation of your own homunculus. Also see the Part 2 video, on how to watch activity from your own neurons in real time.

The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

by Ainissa Ramirez

Edutopia | August 1, 2014

Today, cursive writing is becoming a lost art as note taking with laptops becomes more and more prominent in classrooms. But what we are losing is much bigger than a few scratches on a page -- we are losing a robust way of learning

Music, Art, and Cognitive Benefit: Separating Fact from Fallacy

by Brenda Patoine

The Dana Foundation | June 1, 2014

Dana grantee Elizabeth Spelke discusses the future direction of arts and cognition research, and puts into perspective the media attention given to her recently published study on the effects of music classes on math abilities in children.

The Neuroprotective Effects of Education

by Moheb Costandi

The Dana Foundation | May 1, 2014

Research published in the past few years suggests that longer years of formal study can strengthen the brain, making it more resistant to the ravages of old age—and perhaps mitigating the damage that occurs after traumatic brain injury.

From the Neuroscience and Education Symposium

AAAS Policy Fellows and Potomac Institute for Policy Studies | May 1, 2014

Webcast recordings and presentation slides from daylong symposium on Educational Neuroscience (also known as Mind Brain and Education or Neuroeducation) and how new research in neuroscience and psychology can make a difference in how we teach and learn.

Rich Man, Poor Man: Socioeconomic Adversity and Brain Development

by Kimberly G. Noble, M.D., Ph.D.

Cerebrum | May 1, 2014

With the widening economic gap between the haves and the have-nots in mind, Dr. Noble examines recent research that ties family income level and other factors to helping children develop the language, memory, and life skills that tilts the odds in their favor later in life.

Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate

by Alan Schwarz

The New York Times | April 11, 2014

Some mental health researchers believe they have identified a new attention disorder “characterized by lethargy, daydreaming and slow mental processing.”

Does Thinking Fast Mean You’re Thinking Smarter?

by Maria Konnikova

Smithsonian Magazine | April 1, 2014

The research into the relationship between quick thinking and methodical reasoning could take some time to decipher.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Learning and the Brain

by Amy Erin Borovoy

Edutopia | February 28, 2014

A compilation of videos about the brain, with additional resources on brain-based learning.

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