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This Is Your Brain On Literature

This Is Your Brain On Literature | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"Research shows that reading rich narratives and metaphors activates areas of our brain outside of language, and frequent fiction reading is correlated with empathy. Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life. The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated." | by Amir Aczel

Via Todd Reimer, Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, April 28, 11:38 AM

From time.com - Today, 9:56 AM
This Is Your Brain on Great Literature

These findings will affirm the experience of readers who have felt illuminated and instructed by a novel, who have found themselves comparing a plucky young woman to Elizabeth Bennet or a tiresome pedant to Edward Casaubon. Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings. Brain science shows this claim is truer than we imagined.

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Can We Use Neuroscience to Create Better Learners?

Can We Use Neuroscience to Create Better Learners? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

There are many neurological capacities that constitute the underpinnings of learning, even when learning is defined broadly to include reading, math, social communication, emotional well-being, and creativity. These universal building blocks for learning include:



 - Attention, the ability to focus across time on relevant information and ignore distractions


 - Prediction, the ability to anticipate what is about to come next


 - Memory; of which there are several different component parts including short and long term memory, memory for episode in your life  (episodic memory) and memory for facts (declarative memory).


 - Processing speed; how fast incoming sensory and motor information can be detected, discriminated, sequenced


-  Spatial skills; how information in space is perceived, manipulated and stored


 - Executive functions; higher level cognitive functions such as inhibitory control, planning, reasoning, decision making.


Improving one or more of these neural capacities/competencies has been shown to improve student performance, independent of content (language, math, science) or curriculum used.  This is a far-reaching and potentially revolutionary conclusion that is contrary to the current beliefs of many teachers, administrators, parents and students, who have historically emphasized curriculum as the key to improved learning.


Via Huey O'Brien, Teresa McDaniel, Mel Riddile
Huey O'Brien's curator insight, March 24, 2013 7:17 PM

IMPLICATION: Lesson Content Design

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How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes

How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Are you a Dr. Watson or a Sherlock Holmes?If we could choose between a Watsonian and Holmesian mind, I’m sure most of us would prefer Holmes. He’s brilliant and perceptive: the consummate problem-solver.

Via The BioSync Team
Les Howard's insight:

Really interesting article. I particularly liked the idea of a brain break.

The BioSync Team's curator insight, September 3, 2013 11:29 PM

How to practice mindfulness, memory storage and person perception with Holmesian devotion ... or at the very least read the new book by Maria Konnikova that says you can train your brain to be a creative problem solver just like Sherlock!

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6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"When you’re standing in front of a classroom of students who’re not quite sure they even want to be in your class, much less pay attention to what’s being said, things like neuroscience, research studies, and teaching the way the brain learns are an abstraction.

Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning."

Via Beth Dichter, Cindy Riley Klages
Nicole Wallace's curator insight, March 19, 12:57 AM

Great comments in here and how it links to neurobiology.

Helen Teague's curator insight, March 19, 12:48 PM
strong>Referencing Beth Dichter's insight:What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom. What are some of the targets? Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson. Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom? Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org/) where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).
Jim Goldsmith's curator insight, July 28, 3:29 PM

Six practical suggestions for applying neuroscience in the classroom.

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, November 8, 2013 10:25 PM

This article is part of a larger, on-going effort to help connect teachers and other learning professionals with the neuroscience of learning.

Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:40 PM

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Vincent Munch's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:51 PM

Something we should all read

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VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization

http://www.ted.com Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow ...

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