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Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask?

Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask? | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it

The first role of trained infotention is to recognize whether or not  multitasking, single-minded focus,  or alert but diffused attention is the most appropriate mind-tool for the task at hand. However, for those many situations in which multitasking is either necessary or preferable or both, the most important question is whether -- and to what degree -- multitasking more effectively is a learnable skill. -- Howard 

 

"Results showed that participants did much better at multitasking after training. Interestingly the benefits transferred to the untrained dual task. Brain training can thus be used to get better at multitasking!"


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Jenna Becerra's curator insight, February 19, 2013 10:52 PM

Before one can think about multitasking, it is important to take into account that it is more than just practice. One has to be metacognitive in his or her approach to learning and paying attention to what is important. Know individual tendencies, but also know that a mind can be trained. Multitasking is not always the right approach, but it is often inevitable. Training one's mind to multitask effectively will only result in efficiency.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 5:28 AM

Can't the brain be trained in every task? Why not multitasking as well?

Audrey's comment, May 16, 2013 3:37 AM
Yes. Agree.
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Neurotransmitters–A Primer - Dana Foundation

Neurotransmitters–A Primer - Dana Foundation | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it

"The brain contains billions and billions of neurons. These cells communicate with one another by releasing small endogenous chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters, into the synapse, where they are then taken up by specific receptors on neighboring cells. There are many types of neurotransmitters in the brain—what they have in common is that they are produced inside a neuron, released into the synapse, and then cause an excitatory or inhibitory effect on receptor cells, helping to propagate or downgrade action potentials."


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Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 2:29 AM
Yes, I use this illustration to demonstrate how drugs such as SSRIs work. I find it all fascinaing, Audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk
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Listening abilities depend on rhythms in the brain

Listening abilities depend on rhythms in the brain | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
When listening, this oscillation synchronizes to the sounds we are hearing. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have found that this influences the way we listen.
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This Is Your Brain On The Internet

This Is Your Brain On The Internet | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Is the internet and social media influencing your brain? Documentary filmmaker Tiffany Shlain investigates our changing behaviors in the connected world.

How do media and technology impact our brain? According to a "a recent study, Dr. Small observed brain activity in two groups of subjects interacting with a search engine –one that was 'net-savvy' and one that was 'net naïve'. The results showed increased brain activity in the experienced netizens, reflecting Shlain’s hypothesis that our online behaviors stimulate more brain systems."

For more information and to view a video on "our connected world" click through to the article.


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Four Things All Educators Should Understand About the Dyslexic Brain

Four Things All Educators Should Understand About the Dyslexic Brain | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What do you think of when you hear the word dyslexic?
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Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com

Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
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Deborah McNelis's comment, October 20, 2012 8:50 AM
A valuable article on important research. Continuing to share evidence of what is best for developing brains is essential to making a positive impact.
Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 2:37 AM
I would agree. Do have a look at all the educational toys to be found on http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: BRAIN INSIGHTS TO SHARE: It Is Repetition That Makes Strong Connections

Early Childhood Brain Insights: BRAIN INSIGHTS TO SHARE: It Is Repetition That Makes Strong Connections | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 2:35 AM
However, repetition is not necessary when you see something you like. Or when you read something which interests you. One reading will lay down the memory forever. What about tasting something that you find disgusting. Or smell something you like. Those memories remain with you even though you only experienced them once, Audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk
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The Adolescent Brain: TED Talk By Blakemore | Brain Posts

Brain imaging technology advances provide an opportunity to better understand brain development through childhood and adolescents. Historically, brain developmental research during childhood predominated.
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Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | PBS

Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | PBS | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it

"Recent brain imaging studies reveal that sections of our brains are highly active during down time. This has led scientists to imply that moments of not-doing are critical for connecting and synthesizing new information, ideas and experiences. The average American consumes 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words every single day, according to the 2008 report from UC San Diego. To put these numbers in perspective, one gigabyte is a symphony in high-fidelity sound or a broadcast quality movie. In the midst of this multimedia blitzkrieg, the importance of mindfulness and focused attention is rising. If we can't cultivate mindfulness and focused attention while sitting quietly in a room, then how can we expect to bring these qualities of mind into turbulent circumstances -- both on and offline?


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, May 4, 2012 12:40 PM
Howard, another cool find. Big fan of your writing. Smart mobs woke me up to the MOBILE imperative (and read like a racehorse runs :). Going to pick up Net Smart this weekend. Thanks, Marty
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Charlie Rose: The Brain Series (Videos)

Charlie Rose: The Brain Series (Videos) | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it

The Charlie Rose Brain Series (videos) explores one of sciences final frontiers, the study of the human brain. Charlie interviews the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in hopes of illuminating a new topic of study. Each monthly episode examine different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity. Dr. Eric Kandel joins Charlie. He is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University. He’s also affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Episodes:

Episode 1 - The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain

Episode 2 - The Perceiving Brain

Episode 3 - The Acting Brain

Episode 4 - The Social Brain

Episode 5 - The Developing Brain

Episode 6 - The Aging Brain

Episode 7 - The Emotional and Vulnerable Brain

Episode 8 - The Anxious Brain

Episode 9 - The Mentally Ill Brain

Episode 10 - The Disordered Brain

Episode 11 - The Deciding Brain

Episode 12 - The Creative Brain

Episode 13 - Highlights from the Series

sponsored by Simons Foundation


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Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 2:31 AM
I will certainly be looking at these.
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Why memory and math don't mix: They require opposing states of the same brain ... - Scope (blog)

Why memory and math don't mix: They require opposing states of the same brain ... - Scope (blog) | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Scope (blog)Why memory and math don't mix: They require opposing states of the same brain ...Scope (blog)Can you compute your taxes while simultaneously remembering what you had for lunch yesterday? Neither can I.
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Neuroscience Of 20-Somethings: 'Emerging Adults' Show Brain Differences - Huffington Post

Neuroscience Of 20-Somethings: 'Emerging Adults' Show Brain Differences - Huffington Post | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Scientific AmericanNeuroscience Of 20-Somethings: 'Emerging Adults' Show Brain DifferencesHuffington PostMost recently, The Wall Street Journal ran an article recommending that concerned parents of twenty-somethings should “chill out” because “recent...
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Math Phobia - The Hindu

Math Phobia - The Hindu | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Math PhobiaThe HinduOne of those is Math Phobia, which is a fear of Mathematics. It may be defined as a feeling of anxiety that stops one from efficiently tackling mathematical problems.
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What Neuroscience Really Teaches Us, and What It Doesn't

What Neuroscience Really Teaches Us, and What It Doesn't | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The sort of short, simple explanations of complex brain functions that often make for good headlines rarely turn out to be true.
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Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, December 4, 2012 10:52 AM
Super article. Thank you so much for posting.
Emre Erdogan's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:15 PM

Our brain is Mach more çöpler than we know

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Albert Einstein's brain had an extraordinary prefrontal cortex

Albert Einstein's brain had an extraordinary prefrontal cortex | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Einstein's prefrontal cortex may have contributed to his remarkable genius,...


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New form of brain plasticity: Study shows how social isolation disrupts myelin production

New form of brain plasticity: Study shows how social isolation disrupts myelin production | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Animals that are socially isolated for prolonged periods make less myelin in the region of the brain responsible for complex emotional and cognitive behavior, researchers at the University at Buffalo and Mt.
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Response: Working Smarter, Not Harder, With Neuroscience in the Classroom

Response: Working Smarter, Not Harder, With Neuroscience in the Classroom | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
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What's the difference between these two brains? - Telegraph

What's the difference between these two brains? - Telegraph | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
They both belong to three-year-olds, so why is one so much bigger?
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'Google of the brain' neuroimaging project receives $2.5 million NIH grant: IU News Room: Indiana University

'Google of the brain' neuroimaging project receives $2.5 million NIH grant: IU News Room: Indiana University | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Indiana University Bloomington cognitive scientist Michael Jones, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Colorado, University of Texas at Austin and Washington University in St.
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Eide Neurolearning Blog: fMRI of Dysgraphia - Lack of Automaticity and Need for Visual Monitoring

Eide Neurolearning Blog: fMRI of Dysgraphia - Lack of Automaticity and Need for Visual Monitoring | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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Why Reading Is Good For Your Brain

Why Reading Is Good For Your Brain | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
This just in: Reading books is good for your brain! In other news, the world is round, Obama is the president, and Jonathan Franzen loves birds.
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Harvard Lecture - The State of Cognitive Neuroscience P1

How have advances in the brain sciences informed the mind sciences, and how well has cognitive neuroscience fared and where is it going? Moderated by Marc Hauser. Speakers included Alfonoso Caramazza, Stephen Kosslyn, and Daniel Schacter


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The Mechanics of the Brain

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» Info Overload May Not Be Much of a Problem After All - Psych Central News

» Info Overload May Not Be Much of a Problem After All - Psych Central News | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A new study says fear of information overload appears to be more hype than substance.
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Adolescent Marijuana Use Affects Brain Development - RedOrbit

Adolescent Marijuana Use Affects Brain Development - RedOrbit | 21st Century Concepts- Educational Neuroscience | Scoop.it
CBC.caAdolescent Marijuana Use Affects Brain DevelopmentRedOrbitThe results, recently published online edition of PNAS, show how an important factor is the age at which the participants' starting using marijuana and the brain's development in...
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