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Time-Lapse Videos of Brain Development from age 5-20

Time-Lapse Videos of Brain Development from age 5-20 | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

Gray matter diminishes as the chld develops because, as the brain matures, neural connections are "pruned". (This is NOT a loss of brain matter or brain function: neural structures which embody little used early learning are sacrificed so networks which embody more important learning will become stronger and more consolidated.) 

~ red = more gray matter

~ blue = less gray matter

~ areas perrforming more basic functions mature earlier

~ areas for higher-order functions (emotion, self-control) mature later.

~ pre-frontal cortex is among the last to mature. It handles reasoning and other "executive" functions which emerged late in human evolution,

 

The brain changes in schizophrenia may be an exaggeration of this developmental pattern.

 

This sequence of brain changes is reversed in Alzheimer's disease.

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Brain Development and Learning 2013 Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 24-28, 2013

Brain Development and Learning 2013 Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 24-28, 2013 | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it
Brain development and learning 2013 interdisciplinary conference devoted to improving children's lives by making cutting-edge research in neuroscience, child psychology, and medicine. Conference location is Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

See also:

~ our conference blog http://bdlconference.wordpress.com/

 

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"The scientific approach to teaching..." - Eric Mazur at ALT-C 2012

"The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design" Keynote speech by Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics."

 

Click the title to see it in YouTube and then watch it full screen so you can see the slides. At 50 seconds he compares the brain activity of MIT students during regular activity, watching instruction, and watching TV.

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32min: faulty recall: the brain stores models not facts. Students come to class with prior learning. When they hear/see something that contradicts, this is cognitive dissonance & the student wonders why. But before he/she has time to think about it, the lecture moves on. Without time to readjust the mental model, & the memory of the faulty understanding is strengthened & the experience becomes evidence that the faulty understanding is correct!
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32min: faulty recall: the brain stores models not facts. Students come to class with prior learning. When they hear/see something that contradicts, this is cognitive dissonance & the student wonders why. But before he/she has time to think about it, the lecture moves on. Without time to readjust the mental model, & the memory of the faulty understanding is strengthened & the experience becomes evidence that the faulty understanding is correct!
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45min: "what you see depends on what is already present in your head … By having the students predict what they are going to see," correct understanding and correct recall improve dramatically. In online simulation or f2f demonstration this means making time beforehand to ask the students predict. The cognitive dissonance is increased. The results improve even more with having them discuss afterwards -- to close the dissonance gap.
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Usable Knowledge: Learning and Cognitive Development | Harvard's Mind, Brain, and Education program

Usable Knowledge: Learning and Cognitive Development | Harvard's Mind, Brain, and Education program | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it
Find the latest research on learning and development from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Topics include how do students learn, and how can we improve student learning?
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CANN | Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses | CJNN

CANN | Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses | CJNN | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

"The Canadian Association for Neuroscience Nursing was founded in 1969 and since then has been setting standards of practice and promoting continuing professional education and research. CANN is an interest group with representation on the advisory council of the Canadian Nurses Association and has affiliation with the Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences and is a society member of the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses."

 
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The Healing Place: Documentary | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio

The Healing Place: Documentary | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it
A rare glimpse into the struggles facing Canada's Inuit people. . . a population with a rapidly growing drug problem and the highest suicide rate in the world.
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Does gender difference in kids really matter? | Q with Jian Ghomeshi | CBC Radio

Does gender difference in kids really matter? | Q with Jian Ghomeshi | CBC Radio | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it
Are we paying too much attention to gender differences when it comes to raising and educating boys and girls -- or not enough?
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BrainConnection: The Brain and Learning

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An online source of information about the brain and learning for educators, parents, students and teachers.
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The NeuronClub Daily

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The NeuronClub Daily is a dedicated group of Undergraduate and Graduate students at The City University of New York with a keen interest in the neural sciences.

 

See also -- their blog at http://neuronclub.org/ ;

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Childhood adversity affects adult brain and body functions, researchers find

Childhood adversity affects adult brain and body functions, researchers find | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

"Adversity in early childhood – in the form of anything from poverty to physical abuse – has measurable changes in the function of the brain and body well into adulthood, according to researchers." 

 

But these differences can be minimized or even erased. 

Understanding environment can also help scientists to modify it.

 

For example: By working with parents and pre-school children from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds, [researchers] improved aspects of parents' behaviour and reduce their stress, as well as improving children's behaviour and cognition within weeks. ... After eight weeks, children in the intervention training group {Pakulak's study] showed the same result for brain function as  their higher socioeconomic backgrounds peers.

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Participate in a Cambridge Brain Sciences study about IQ

Participate in a Cambridge Brain Sciences study about IQ | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

Anyone anywhere can participate in this research by going to the website  Results so far show that no single IQ or intelligence component can explain or predict performance. At least three distinct components -- short-term memory, reasoning and a verbal component -- have to be considered. 

 

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Smokers beware ..."smokers performed poorly" on 2 of the 3 measures ... 

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Time-Lapse Videos of Brain Development from age 5-20

Time-Lapse Videos of Brain Development from age 5-20 | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

Gray matter diminishes as the chld develops because, as the brain matures, neural connections are "pruned". (This is NOT a loss of brain matter or brain function: neural structures which embody little used early learning are sacrificed so networks which embody more important learning will become stronger and more consolidated.) 

~ red = more gray matter

~ blue = less gray matter

~ areas perrforming more basic functions mature earlier

~ areas for higher-order functions (emotion, self-control) mature later.

~ pre-frontal cortex is among the last to mature. It handles reasoning and other "executive" functions which emerged late in human evolution,

 

The brain changes in schizophrenia may be an exaggeration of this developmental pattern.

 

This sequence of brain changes is reversed in Alzheimer's disease.

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Brain Power —

Brain Power — | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

 

 

Informing the future of childhood development through neuroscience

~ Experts on the science of the brain.
~ Understand how children develop.
~ Learn how you can have an impact.
~ Understand the future of neuroeducation

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Trends in Neuroscience and Education | 2211-9493 | Elsevier

Trends in Neuroscience and Education | 2211-9493 | Elsevier | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

" Trends in Neuroscience and Education aims to bridge the gap between our increasing basic cognitive and neuroscience understanding of learning and the application of this knowledge in educational settings.

 

It provides a forum for original translational research on using systems neuroscience findings to improve educational outcome, as well as for reviews on basic and applied research as relevant to education, project reports, best practice examples, and opinions regarding evidence based educational policies and related subjects."

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‪TEDxToronto - Dr. Brian Goldman - Redefining the Practice of Medicine 
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He thought that being perfect and memorizing as much as he could about everything would protect him from failure. Godlman tells the story of his first 3 mistakes -- each of which was worse than the one before. 

 

This could be a powerful metaphor for educators and for students ... confessions of a perfectionist who finds it almost impossible to talk about his mistakes and ask for the support of colleagues.

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Secrets of Gentle Touch Revealed

"Scientists at UCSF uncover the molecular basis of gentle touch, one of the most fundamental, but least well understood of our senses.

 

How our bodies can perceive mechanical stimuli at the molecular level is one of the great mysteries in Biology. We used the tiny Drosophila larvae to study this question and identified the first the first eukaryotic channel that can be activated by mechanical force in a heterologous expression system and is required for mechanotransduction of gentle touch in vivo.

 

This could lead to greater understanding of touch sensation in humans, and a fundamental understanding of how these channels actually function. It came as a great surprise that this protein alone can function as a sensor although it was previously thought to require considerably more complex and multi-component systems."

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Teaching is a Natural Cognitive Ability - Implications for Classroom Practice | Sidney Strauss (2005)

Teaching is a Natural Cognitive Ability - Implications for Classroom Practice | Sidney Strauss (2005) | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

"Learning, teaching's mirror image, has been a major focus of cognitive sciences, ... but intentional pedagogy aimed to cause learning has, by and large, been flying below the cognitive sciences' radar.

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I always felt I was a teacher -- perhaps it's the way I'm hard wired.

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Canada's hospitals strained caring for elderly patients with no where to go | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio

Canada's hospitals strained caring for elderly patients with no where to go | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

"The whispered word for them in hospital circles is "Bed Blockers". People - most times elderly - whose conditions though not acute mean they cannot go home and who must wait for a bed in a long term care facility to open up. Now at the end of October this past year, national statistics show there were 42-hundred so-called Bed Blockers across the country, half of them waiting to get into Long Term Care. Today, we speak with a woman who spends her entire time advocating for the elderly caught between hospitals and homes and she takes us through the numbers, the problems and ideas for change." 

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Frightening but important information

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Dementia diagnosis increasing in B.C.

Dementia diagnosis increasing in B.C. | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it
A Surrey man with Alzheimer's is launching a B.C.-wide push for more support services
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He started noticing symtpoms at 50!!!

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Brain Canada: Rising Tide -- the impact of dementia on Canadian society

Brain Canada: Rising Tide -- the impact of dementia on Canadian society | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

" The report released by the Alzheimer Society to mark Alzheimer Awareness Month. It reveals alarming new statistics about the projected economic and social costs of dementia in Canada"

 
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EEG brain recordings transformed into music

From: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-with-moxie/2013/01/07/2013-a-brain-wave-symphony/

 

"While kids in Paraguay are making music out of garbage, researchers in China are making music out of brain activity."

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WATCH: How Your Brain ‘Sees’ Art

WATCH: How Your Brain ‘Sees’ Art | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it
The Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous painting in the world. Have you ever wondered why?
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YOUNG ADULT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

"The MIT Young Adult Development Project was created to capture the powerful new research findings that are emerging about young adulthood and to make these insights more accessible to those who need them, including colleges and universities, employers, parents, human service providers, and young adults themselves."

 

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From the "Ways to Help" tab

 

"Fostering healthy growth is a balancing act, because the process of development, for anyone, is alternatively exhilarating, disconcerting, satisfying, frustrating, and terrifying. If the environment contains too much challenge, young adults will retreat into old habits, lacking the safety to experiment with new ways of thinking. If the environment provides too much support, young adults will lack the experiences that expose and question the limitations of their old ways of thinking. Just as young adults are learning that there is no one "right" way to approach problems, their mentors and guides must grapple with there being no one "right" way to help them."

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Teenage Brain

See original article at http://www.dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=19620

 

Hear podcast at http://ip.podcast-directory.co.uk/episodes/the-teen-brain-primed-to-learn-primed-to-take-risks-7262091.html (#8 in the list at the time of publishing)

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May take a little timefor the presentation to load. If it doesn't, click the heading to see go to the original website.

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All issues of 'Big Picture' - bringing cutting edge science into the classroom | Wellcome Trust

All issues of 'Big Picture' - bringing cutting edge science into the classroom | Wellcome Trust | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

Free pdf/magazine -- "In this issue, we explore the technologies that are helping us to understand the brain, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT)."

 

~ Scroll down for plenty of online resources & interactives for both inside and outside the classroom.

~ Link to their main website -- http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Wellcome-Trust-websites/index.htm

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Google Translate

Google Translate | Brain Development & Learning Conference -- additional resources, research, & topics of general interest | Scoop.it

"With brain imaging, it is now possible to determine the effects of learning and teaching on the brain. How this new knowledge can they and will they affect education?"

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To view in the original French, http://www.neuroeducationquebec.org/

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Connectome: How the brain's wiring makes us who we are

Rising star in the field of neuroscience Sebastian Seung argues that our identity lies not in our genes but in the connections between our brain cells -- and he describes the monumental task of mapping these "connectomes", neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse.

Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2012/connectome-how-the-br...

Find out more about the Eyewire Game

http://wiki.eyewire.org/en/Instructions  

~ http://bdlconference.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/sebastian-seung-eyewire-launches-this-weekend/

 

Seung's homepage

~ http://hebb.mit.edu/people/seung/

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