News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education

The Mindful Brain

by Brenda Patoine | May 31, 2016

Mindfulness-based meditation is now established as a valid stress-reduction tool in schools, backed by a growing body of solid science illuminating its effects on the brain and health.

Science Netlinks: Be Brainy!

AAAS | March 18, 2016

For Brain Awareness Week, AAAS has collected age-specific activities for learning about the brain.

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Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

by Judy WIllis

Edutopia | February 11, 2016

As your students move through adolescence, their brains are going through a dynamic change from chaos to clarity. These developmental changes have profound implications for how you'll be able to guide students during these transformative years.

We Need to Rewrite the Textbook on How to Teach Teachers

by Simon Oxenham

Big Think | February 2, 2016

A report just published by the National Council on Teacher Quality describes a failure of teacher-training courses and the textbooks that accompany them to convey evidence-based practices, instead delivering unsupported anecdotal evidence and well-debunked myths.

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A Study of Motivation

by Kayt Sukel

Dana Neuroscientist Q&As | January 14, 2016

It’s difficult to know what motivates people, but R. Alison Adcock’s lab is using imaging to study how states like desire and curiosity can facilitate “motivated memory.” Her work could have implications in the education field, but also in other learning contexts like psychotherapy and behavior change.

Same Word, Different Meanings: Common Miscommunications between Neuroscience and Society

by Theresa Cheng

Learning & the Brain | January 14, 2016

Words like self-directed, executive function, and ability may have different shades of meaning for scientists and for teachers.

So Much to Read, So Little Time: How Do We Read, and Can Speed Reading Help?

Association for Psychological Science | January 13, 2016

A new report for the APS finds there is no quick and easy way to improve reading speed while avoiding costs to comprehension; however, for those who want to be able to quickly gain a general understanding of text, improved skimming through speed-reading training may be beneficial.

The Science of Learning: Five Classic Studies

by Tom Stafford

The Guardian | December 12, 2015

A few classic studies help to define the way we think about the science of learning. A classic study isn’t classic just because it uncovered a new fact, but because it neatly demonstrates a profound truth about how we learn – often at the same time showing up our unjustified assumptions about how our minds work.

Bilingualism & the Brain: The Lifelong Benefits of Juggling Languages

by Myra Laldin

Learning & the Brain blog | December 11, 2015

Being bilingual is seen as a valuable skill and an advantage today. This, however, has not always been the case.

Strengthening Executive Function Development for Students With ADD

by Dr. Lori Desautels

Edutopia | October 29, 2015

What are the root causes of Attention Deficit Disorder in our children and youth, and how do we address these challenges?

Scientists Weigh in on Special Needs Learning

by Ann Whitman

Dana Foundation Blog | October 5, 2015

“Allowing children to fail, to think they’re ‘dumb,’ is no longer acceptable,” said Dana Alliance member Sally Shaywitz at a recent Capitol Hill briefing on what neuroscience can tell us about educating special needs children. Article includes video from the event.

3 Things Neuroscience Teaches Us About the Changing 'Teenage Brain'

by Kathryn Mills

Learning & the Brain blog | September 28, 2015

What does it mean that the teenage brain is changing, in more ways than one, and those at different speeds?

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