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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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Naveen Jain on Rethinking Education: Can We Use Neuroscience to Create Better Learners - Forbes

Naveen Jain on Rethinking Education: Can We Use Neuroscience to Create Better Learners - Forbes | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

The field of education is contentious and resistant to innovation or change.  There seems to be a growing sense that the problems that education systems face is just too difficult and multifaceted to fix. Most importantly, the focus is on how to “fix education infrastructure” (improve teachers, reduce class size, improve curriculum, develop alternative school models, etc.) rather than to “build better learners” by enhancing each child’s neural capacities and motivation for life-long learning.

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The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.
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Using Brain Rules to Engage Your Students | Teaching and Learning Excellence

Using Brain Rules to Engage Your Students | Teaching and Learning Excellence | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

How long do you think you have before your students get bored? Medina shares the findings of a study done in 1997 and again in 2007. Each time the results were the same, you have just 10 minutes to keep your students engaged.

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10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education

10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A learning trump card is one that reigns over more established education practices. When one strategy trumps another, it means that it is a better way of learning.
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Brain Food Blog | Qinomics

Brain Food Blog | Qinomics | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

A brainy new gadget? I’m all ears. The new fuzzy-eared headband called “Necomimi” – or cat ears in Japanese – is a communication device that’s controlled by the wearer’s thoughts and emotions. Created by a company called Neuroware, Necomimi uses the latest neuroscience imaging technology to detect brain waves and interpret them....

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Three Brain-based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students (Part 4 of 7) | Edutopia

Three Brain-based Teaching Strategies to Build Executive Function in Students (Part 4 of 7) | Edutopia | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Neurologist and educator Judy Willis offers three practical strategies to build and nurture students' executive function -- critical thinking, creativity, and complex decision-making.
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Figuring Out the Shy Brain - Forbes

Figuring Out the Shy Brain - Forbes | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Researchers at Vanderbilt University think they may have discovered why some people imbibe the social scene like smooth vodka, while others would rather drink rubbing alcohol than meet someone new.
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Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Beautiful Brains: Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.

Via Ove Christensen, k3hamilton
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LEARNING & MEMORY: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget? | Brain World

LEARNING & MEMORY: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget? | Brain World | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Are you losing your memory? Are these the first signs of dementia? Chances are, neither.

When our memory is strained, these can be the unsurprising, as well as embarrassing, results. Stress and multitasking are among the chief causes of memory lapses........All about learning & memory......

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Kids' Cognition Is Changing—Education Will Have to Change With It

Kids' Cognition Is Changing—Education Will Have to Change With It | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A new survey considers the intellectual future of the millennial generation.

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Exploding Common Myths in Education | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching | Articles From Jensen Learning

Exploding Common Myths in Education | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching | Articles From Jensen Learning | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Myth: Kids Talk Too Much At School. Do your students talk too much? Some teachers think kids talk TOO much at school, and they spend a portion of their day trying to manage the noise.....How social groupings are good for learning & the brain.

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Dr Paul Howard-Jones - Neuroscience, Games & Learning

Dr Paul Howard-Jones, a leading expert on the role of neuroscience in educational practice and policy with a particular interest in how gaming engages the brain and the application of this knowledge in education. Paul discusses the findings of his recent research that reviews the potential effects of video games and social media on the brain. Can Google rewire the brain? What are the impact of technologies on human well being?

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How the Brain Learns - US News and World Report

How the Brain Learns - US News and World Report | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Researchers study timing, sensory systems, how regions connect. The scientists believe that a better understanding of the role of time and timing on scales ranging from milliseconds (when brain cells connect) to years (the time it takes to become an expert) potentially could transform education, “giving children a better chance of success in school, and, ultimately, in life,” Cottrell says

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia

A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games. A great explanation and argument for use of the video game model in learning.

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War Is Brain-Damaging

War Is Brain-Damaging | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A rampage in Afghanistan calls attention to a potentially lethal combination of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
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The Benefits of Bilingualism

The Benefits of Bilingualism | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain.
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MindWave – Please Use Your Brain » Coolest Gadgets

MindWave – Please Use Your Brain » Coolest Gadgets | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
NeuroSky is also involved in ADHD, Alzheimers and brain injury programs, working with universeties to study how the brain can be “talked to”, exercised or even healed. Unlocking the mysteries of the human brain, now that ...
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The Reading Brain: How Your Brain Helps You Read, and Why it Matters

The Reading Brain: How Your Brain Helps You Read, and Why it Matters | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Reading is a complex task that requires many parts of the brain. Learn what happens in the brain when you read and what you can do to build a reading-ready brain.
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When Gaming Is Good for You/Gaming and the Brain

When Gaming Is Good for You/Gaming and the Brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception.


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Learning by getting into the heads of schoolchildren

Learning by getting into the heads of schoolchildren | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
New brain imaging technology may pave the way for a new science to understand how children think and learn. It could eventually help educators and revolutionize classrooms.
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The Neurology of Gaming | Infographic

The Neurology of Gaming | Infographic | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Video games can be used to educate through repetition and feedback, but they can also have some less-than-positive side effects. Learn about how video games can improve the educational experience as well as hinder it."

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Brain Games, Brain Training & Brain Fitness — Fitbrains.com

Brain Games, Brain Training & Brain Fitness — Fitbrains.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Play over 30 Brain Games, start brain training today and improve your memory with scientifically designed Brain Fitness Games at Fitbrains.com! Try the free brain games.

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Social Cues in the Brain [Interactive]: Scientific American

Social Cues in the Brain [Interactive]: Scientific American | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Visit the places that help us sense other people's feelings in this Scientific American MIND tour of the brain...
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Never Too Late to Learn

Never Too Late to Learn | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Norman Doidge reviews Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning by Gary Marcus....Neuroplasticity is the property of the brain that allows it to change its structure and function through mental experience....

The question thus inevitably arises: What ambitious kinds of learning might we, as adults, undertake? Is the brain plastic enough, say, for a 39-year-old adult without any apparent musical skill to learn an instrument and become a musician? In "Guitar Zero," the cognitive psychologist Gary Marcus sets out to answer this question by using himself as a guinea pig.

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To Harness Neuroplasticity, Start with Enthusiasm | SharpBrains

To Harness Neuroplasticity, Start with Enthusiasm | SharpBrains | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
We are the architects and builders of our own brains. The human brain is continually altering its structure, cell number, circuitry and chemistry as a direct result of everything we do, experience, think and believe.
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