In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
The human brain wasn’t designed for industrial education.
1. The brain is a social organ.
2. We have two brains.
3. Early learning is powerful.
4. Conscious awareness and unconscious processing occur at different speeds, often simultaneously.
5. The mind, brain, and body are interwoven.
6. The brain has a short attention span and needs repetition and multiple-channel processing for deeper learning to occur.
7. Fear and stress impair learning.
8. We analyze others but not ourselves: the primacy of projection.
9. Learning is enhanced by emphasizing the big picture—and then allowing students to discover the details for themselves.