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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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'Brain Bugs': Cognitive Flaws That 'Shape Our Lives' : NPR

Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano explains why our brains make mistakes when we try to remember long lists of information or add large numbers in our heads. Humans live "in a time and place we didn't evolve to live in," he says.

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The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain

The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain

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(Book) Become an Architect of Learning! (blueprints included). The brain constructs new learning, sorting and labeling new data, comparing it with prior experience, and using resulting understandings to interact with the environment. Written for teachers, educational leaders, and instructional designers, this guide presents tools for developing teaching that engages the student thinking needed to construct learning. With applied research from neuroscience and cognitive psychology, The Architecture of Learning introduces a series of blueprints that strategically direct a teacher s thinking and planning. The resulting instruction capitalizes on the brain s penchant for patterns and moves students from recognizing a reference point for constructing new understanding to using new learning to think about and act on the real world. The Architecture of Learning addresses: Understanding how students learn, building blocks of learning, subject matter types and focus processes of learning, aligning learning, teaching, and assessment, critical and creative thinking in teaching and learning, evaluating and revising instruction"

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Brain Gain; Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom

Brain Gain; Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Book Chapter-Prensky:"In an age where the answer to every question is at your fingertips, where does the human brain fit in?”In one hand-held object, we are able to manage all of our calendars, documents, and interpersonal relationships with such ease that many people are lost when forced to do perform these tasks without the aid of electronics. Often heard are the calls for less technology and more face-to-face interaction, for fear that the use of all this artificial intelligence is dampening our own ability to think. Author Marc Prensky has a different idea. In this controversial and well-argued treatise, Prensky offers the idea that rather than stunting the mind—that most essential aspect of an individual’s intelligence and sense of self—smart technology (and smart use of technology) enhances our humanity in ways that the brain on its own never could. Through scores of fascinating examples, Prensky shows that the symbiotic combination of the human brain and technology—from marrying the brain’s strengths such as sense-making and complex reasoning abilities with technology’s strengths like storing and processing large amounts of data—has great benefits for our own cognitive functioning."

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The Amygdala Made Me Do It-The New York Times

The Amygdala Made Me Do It-The New York Times | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

WHY are we thinking so much about thinking these days? Near the top of best-seller lists around the country, you’ll find Jonah Lehrer’s “Imagine: How Creativity Works,” followed by Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,”....Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”....“Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior,” by Leonard Mlodinow. These books possess a unifying theme: The choices we make in day-to-day life are prompted by impulses lodged deep within the nervous system. Not only are we not masters of our fate; we are captives of biological determinism. Once we enter the portals of the strange neuronal world known as the brain, we discover that — to put the matter plainly — we have no idea what we’re doing.  (Book Reviews)

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Teachers pen book on technology, brain science - Skokie Review

Teachers pen book on technology, brain science - Skokie Review | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
When popular Jane Stenson School fifth-grade teacher Lisa Nimz agreed to coauthor her first book, she knew its subject had been addressed before. Sort of.
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Super Brain by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E Tanzi - Excerpt

A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain shows you how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. Great quote:

"Every day you step into the invisible firestorm of electrical and chemical activity that is the brain's environment. You act as leader, inventor, teacher, and user of your brain, all at once.
As leader, you hand out the day's orders to your brain.
As inventor, you create new pathways and connections inside your brain that didn't exist yesterday.
As teacher, you train your brain to learn new skills.
As user, you are responsible for keeping your brain in good working order."

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The Creative Science Behind the Emotional Brain | Brain World

The Creative Science Behind the Emotional Brain | Brain World | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Do you recover quickly from setbacks, or are you prone to wallow in despair? Do your friends think you’re psychic because you always know how they’re feeling, or are you often accused of not “getting it”? Why are some people always “up,” while others are in a perpetual state of gloom and doom? Best-selling author and pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson addresses these questions by offering a new model of our emotions in his latest book, coauthored with former Newsweek science editor Sharon Begley, The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel and Live—and How You Can Change Them (Hudson Street Press) (Book)

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A Leadership Blog: The Cycle of Excellence: 5 Steps to Peak Performance (Using Brain Science)

A Leadership Blog: The Cycle of Excellence: 5 Steps to Peak Performance (Using Brain Science) | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

In Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People, Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, combines brain science and performance research to help you get the most out of people’s brains (including your own). To ignite peak performance, he has created a process called the Cycle of Excellence. It is a five step process, that when followed completely, leads to excellence.

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Michael J. Quinn's comment, June 21, 2012 10:47 AM
Thanks Maggie - Great article.
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Brainwork

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New book. The success of your organization depends on your ability to prioritize, focus, and act. What if you could reinvigorate productivity, expand your creative vision, and become a better leader by simply thinking differently … about thinking? David A. Sousa examines the most provocative brain research as it relates to organizational leadership. 

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Digital Technology and the Brain: A Guide for the Online Family by Dr Paul Howard-Jones and Kate Fenton in Parenting & Families

Digital Technology and the Brain: A Guide for the Online Family by Dr Paul Howard-Jones and Kate Fenton in Parenting & Families | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Digital Technology and the Brain: A Guide for the Online Family by Dr Paul Howard-Jones and Kate Fenton: What is technology doing to the brains of our children - is Facebook infantilising them, is Google degrading their intelligence, are violent...
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