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DESIGN OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING FOR THE BRAIN / MIND:
Thoughts and Research on Neuroeducation Science

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How Can Cognitive Science Improve Online Learning?

Google Tech Talk - November 19, 2012 -  Presented by Joseph Jay Williams. 

Recent research in Cognitive Science provides insights in into designing e-learning programs, studying, and educational techniques that maximize learner performance and help transfer learned knowledge to solve real world  problems.

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How the brain makes memories: Rhythmically

How the brain makes memories: Rhythmically | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
The brain learns through changes in the strength of synapses -- the connections between neurons -- in response to stimuli. Now, researchers have found there is an optimal brain rhythm, or timing, for changing synaptic strength, and hence learning.
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Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Can You Make Yourself Smarter? | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
A new memory game has revived the tantalizing notion that people can work their way to a higher I.Q.
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Majority-biased learning: In humans and chimpanzees knowledge is transmitted within a group by means of a majority principle

Majority-biased learning: In humans and chimpanzees knowledge is transmitted within a group by means of a majority principle | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
In humans and chimpanzees knowledge is transmitted within a group by means of a majority principle. Chimpanzees are more likely to copy an action performed by a large number of individuals than an action that was performed more frequently.
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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it

A 20-minute lesson about the brain was enough to improve knowledge of brain functioning...

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Learning best when you rest: Sleeping after processing new info most effective

Learning best when you rest: Sleeping after processing new info most effective | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all. New research shows that going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall.
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The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.
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Cognition and the Intrinsic User Experience

Cognition and the Intrinsic User Experience | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Over the past few years there's been a lot of discussion around whether an experience can be designed. But it seems like everyone's just getting hung up on semantics; an experie...
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Doomed or Lucky? Predicting the Future of the Internet Generation

Doomed or Lucky? Predicting the Future of the Internet Generation | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Looking into the proverbial crystal ball, a slew of technology experts weighed in on the Future of the Internet V survey conducted by Pew Research and Elon Un
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What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning

What’s Your Best Guess? Predicting Answers Leads to Deeper Learning | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Predictions pique our interest. Once we wager that our favorite sports team will win, we want to know the final score. Once we guess the identity of the murde
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Sharrock's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:13 AM

We know this concept (or use it) when we use K-W-L charts.

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K-W-L charts come to mind.
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New brain connections form in clusters during learning

New brain connections form in clusters during learning | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
New connections between brain cells emerge in clusters in the brain as animals learn to perform a new task, according to a new study. The findings reveal details of how brain circuits are rewired during the formation of new motor memories.
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Seven misconceptions about how students learn

Seven misconceptions about how students learn | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Here are seven of the biggest myths about learning that, unfortunately, guide the way many schools are organized in this era of standardized test-based public school reform.
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To perform with less effort, practice beyond perfection

To perform with less effort, practice beyond perfection | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Whether you are an athlete, a musician or a stroke patient learning to walk again, practice can make perfect, but more practice may make you more efficient, according to a surprising new study.
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Two-dimensional learning: Viewing computer images causes long-term changes in nerve cell connections

Viewing two-dimensional images of the environment, as they occur in computer games, leads to sustained changes in the strength of nerve cell connections in the brain.
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Research for Practitioners: Social Interaction, Belief, and Learning

Research for Practitioners: Social Interaction, Belief, and Learning | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it

“I think this is all intriguing, given the rising interest in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Groups such as Coursera and Udacity are trying to revolutionize higher education, but this study at least suggests that the manner of delivery is not the only element that contributes to learning. “

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Do Students Really Have Different Learning Styles?

Do Students Really Have Different Learning Styles? | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it

Learning styles—the notion that each student has a particular mode by which he or she learns best, whether it’s visual, auditory...

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80 percent of humans are delusionally optimistic, says science

80 percent of humans are delusionally optimistic, says science | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Maybe the reason we can't do anything about the existential crisis of climate change -- or, indeed, any of the other existential crises we're facing at present -- is that 80 percent of humanity has...
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Ugh! I resemble that remark. On the other hand, optimism is a good thing.
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Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible

Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it

Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs...

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Do Students Know Enough Smart Learning Strategies?

Do Students Know Enough Smart Learning Strategies? | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Lenny Gonzales What's the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather gnomic answer: It’s not just what you know.
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Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain

Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification ("folding" of the cortex, which may allow the brain to process information faster) then non-meditators.
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Training can improve memory and increase brain activity in mild cognitive impairment

Training can improve memory and increase brain activity in mild cognitive impairment | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
If someone has trouble remembering where the car keys or the cheese grater are, new research shows that a memory training strategy can help.
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Chess experts help researchers understand how we see the world

Neuroscientists are studying whether an expert chess player's analysis of a board is similar to the attention paid by most people to new or familiar faces.
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Neuroscientists identify how the brain works to select what we (want to) see

Neuroscientists identify how the brain works to select what we (want to) see | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it
If you are looking for a particular object -- say a yellow pencil -- on a cluttered desk, how does your brain work to visually locate it?
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How Much Practice is Too Much?

How Much Practice is Too Much? | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it

Why do I have to keep practicing? I know it already!” That’s the familiar wail of a child seated at the piano or in front of the mu...

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Creating Students’ Survival Guide to the Web

Creating Students’ Survival Guide to the Web | LEARNING AND COGNITION | Scoop.it

Infotention is a word I came up with to describe the psycho-social-techno skill/tools we all need to find our way online today,

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