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Neuroplasticity: Rewiring Your Brain For Optimal Learning

Neuroplasticity: Rewiring Your Brain For Optimal Learning | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it

"Just as weightlifting and physical exercise builds your muscles, when you’re learning the nerve cells in your brain are growing with mental exercise and these neurons are developing greater connectivity.

The growth and rewiring of our brain cells is called neuroplasticity. As we learn, our brain literally remodels itself based on our new experiences.

Until recently, the conventional thinking was that our brains were hardwired at birth and therefore unchangeable. In actuality, our brains are like malleable plastic that is constantly being reshaped by our daily experiences."

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EyeWire Is Making Neuroscience Research Cool Again

EyeWire Is Making Neuroscience Research Cool Again | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
 Thanks to a little startup sprouting up from Boston, I was able to map out a small section of a neuron through EyeWire, a company that’s gamifying its neuroscience research in order to enlist the help of people from all over the world.
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How to Use Brain Science to Increase Engagement

How to Use Brain Science to Increase Engagement | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
The rapidly evolving world of neuroscience has given us solid scientific confirmation of what most engagement leadership practitioners have known intuitively for many years. That, not surprisingly, there is a direct link between how our brains operate and the level of engagement we experience, whether we are impacted by our work in a positive or negative way. If engagement is a state of higher stimulation with, satisfaction from, and deeper emotional connection with our work, our co-workers and
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New insights into how the brain stays bright

New insights into how the brain stays bright | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
A healthy adult brain accounts for about 2 percent of a healthy person’s weight, and it consumes about 20 percent of all the energy that person’s body uses. That’s a lot of sugar getting burned up in your head, and here’s why: Incessant chit-chat throughout the brain’s staggeringly complex circuitry. A single nerve cell (of the brain’s estimated 100 billion) may communicate directly with as many as a million others, with the median in the vicinity of 10,000.

To transmit signals to one another, nerve cells release specialized chemicals called neurotransmitters into small gaps called synapses that separate one nerve cell in a circuit from the next. The firing patterns of our synapses underwrite our consciousness, emotions and behavior. The simple act of tasting a doughnut requires millions of simultaneous and precise synaptic firing events throughout the brain and, in turn, precisely coordinated timing of neurotransmitter release.
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A mood-changing headset that uses electrodes to perk you up

A mood-changing headset that uses electrodes to perk you up | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
Alcohol and coffee are about to get competition from a set of electrodes you wear on your head. Branded the Thync, the calming effect it produces is comparable to how you feel after an alcoholic drink, while the energising effect is similar to a cup of coffee, says Isy Goldwasser, the CEO and co-founder of this Silicon Valley-based startup. The company plans to start selling the device through its website in 2015.
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Neurogenesis: state of the field and implications for education

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One specific aspect of neuroplasticity that has received much attention over the past two decades is adult neurogenesis – the notion that new neurons can be produced in an adult brain. Until the mid-1960s it was firmly believed that neurogenesis in mammals ends in the period just after birth. Technological developments in the 1990s led to an ongoing period of intensive research in this area, and it is now well-established that every day thousands of new neurons are produced in the adult mammalian brain (Cameron and McKay, 2001; Spalding et al., 2013). Many of these new neurons are produced within a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which has long been established as being critical for learning and memory processes.
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"One very interesting aspect of neurogenesis is that it is highly responsive to environmental influences, some of which are described below. A number of simple factors have been shown to enhance neurogenesis. Less research has been done on the specific knock-on effects of increased neurogenesis on cognition, but some promising initial studies have been performed"

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NeuroLeadership in Organization Development

Contemporary research in neuroscience provides new insights into the deeply social nature of the human brain and its importance for how we get things done at w…
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Neuroscience and learning

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Scientists' growing understanding of the neurological basis of learning should play a much greater role in education policy according to a new report publish...
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Este video del 2011 resume un informe de la Royal Society acerca de como la neurosciencia puede aportar muchísimo al desarrollo de políticas y de estrategias educativas que impulsen el aprendizaje en la sociedad.

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Ebooks v paper : View from the neuroscience and psychology

Ebooks v paper : View from the neuroscience and psychology | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it

Yet research has already told us a lot about how we read now. First and foremost, it emphasises that even using paper, there are many different approaches. Most of us probably have a settled style: you might be a skimmer, a skipper, a front-to-back completist, a keeper of the pristine page or an obsessive writer of marginalia. Whatever the case, our habits have probably been created largely as combination of childhood experience and how the medium we read in is nudging us.


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Nataliasterns's curator insight, July 3, 2014 3:20 PM

lectura papel vs tablet

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Ebooks versus papel.

Debra Evans's curator insight, July 10, 2014 6:28 PM

Definitely worth reading this article. I have heard many teachers proclaim that reading a "book" is more beneficial than an ereader, etc. I have not necessarily bekieved what they say, but the evidence is just not there yet, however it is beginning to come and my own anecdotal evidence seems to resonate with what is being stated here. 

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Light-activated neurons from stem cells restore function to paralyzed muscles

Light-activated neurons from stem cells restore function to paralyzed muscles | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralyzed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury, has been developed by scientists. The technique involves transplanting specially-designed motor neurons created from stem cells into injured nerve branches. These motor neurons are designed to react to pulses of blue light, allowing scientists to fine-tune muscle control by adjusting the intensity, duration and frequency of the light pulses.
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The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.
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"Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated."

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Debunking the Left Brain and Right Brain Myth

Debunking the Left Brain and Right Brain Myth | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
The myth that creative people are 'right brained' and logical people are 'left brained' is a lie. Nick Skillicorn tries to find out the truth about how your brain generates ideas.
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"While an IQ can be up to 80% determined by genetics, a person’s creativity is only likely to be 30% determined by genetics. The other 70% is determined by how they were nurtured in their upbringing. "

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Brain lateralization debunked

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The Neuroanatomy of ideas which are likely to go viral

The Neuroanatomy of ideas which are likely to go viral | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it

"How your brain helps you share ideas successfully..."


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.."Great ideas don’t just make us think—they make us want to tell others and think about how best to tell others so that they will smile or think or want to tell others..."

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How Becoming a Father Changes Your Brain

How Becoming a Father Changes Your Brain | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
A team led by Pilyoung Kim at the Universities of Denver and Yale twice scanned the brains of 16 new fathers (average age 36; 7 were first-time dads). The first scan took place between 2 and 4 weeks after their babies were born; the second scan 12 to 16 weeks later. Previous research has shown functional changes in the brains of fathers, in the way that they show heightened neural activity in response to the sight of their own infants. However, this is the first time that researchers have documented structural changes in the brains of human fathers.
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The-Neuroscience-of-Learning

"Learning is a critical organizational competency—so much so that Arie De Geus’ statement has become almost a truism today. Yet, most organizations do not effectively build this competency at an organizational or individual level. A study of the effectiveness of organizational training conducted by Cross (2002) concluded that only 10 to 20 percent of formal organizational training transfers to the job. On the other hand, informal learning—which accounts for at least 80 percent of organizational learning—and is the very essence of the learning that de Geus is referring to—happens in an ad hoc manner, without design or strategy"

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How Neurons Work in Teams to Perform Computational Tasks

How Neurons Work in Teams to Perform Computational Tasks | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
The lab of Nathan Urban, interim provost and director of CMU’s BrainHub initiative, is working on understanding the specific roles played by different types of neurons and how they work in teams to perform certain computational tasks. The researchers also are trying to determine how many types of neurons are needed to make a functioning brain.
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Neuroscientists identify brain mechanisms that predict generosity in children

Neuroscientists identify brain mechanisms that predict generosity in children | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
We know that generosity in children increases as they get older,” said Decety. He added that neuroscientists have not yet examined the mechanisms that guide the increase in generosity. “The results of this study demonstrate that children exhibit both distinct early automatic and later more controlled patterns of neural responses when viewing scenarios showing helping and harmful behaviors. It’s that later more controlled neural response that is predictive of generosity.”
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The pleasure of learning new words - Neuroscience

The pleasure of learning new words - Neuroscience | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
In a study published in the journal Current Biology, researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) have experimentally proved that human adult word learning exhibit activation not only of cortical language regions but also of the ventral striatum, a core region of reward processing. Results confirm that the motivation to learn is preserved throughout the lifespan, helping adults to acquire a second language.
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Por qué la neurociencia es prioritaria

Por qué la neurociencia es prioritaria | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
La presidenta de la Sociedad Española de Neurociencia argumenta que el Nobel de Medicina de este año demuestra que el conocimiento del cerebro tiene un claro impacto en nuestra concepción de las cosas
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Neuroscience - Change management with the brain in mind

An overview and introduction to neuroscience and neuropsychology and its application in change management.
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La neurociencia prueba la conexión entre usuarios y el contenido

La neurociencia prueba la conexión entre usuarios y el contenido | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
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