Paul Zak's research is uncovering how stories shape our brains, tie strangers together, and move us to be more empathic and generous.
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"We are bombarded by information, thanks in large part to the internet and its allied technologies. But exposure to unlimited information is not the same thing as the ability to capture it as knowledge or synthesize it as understanding. "We are living in a state of perpetual distraction," says Nicholas Carr, "which crowds out the more contemplative, calmer modes of thinking." We need these quieter, less frenetic moments to think conceptually, critically, and creatively. This video argues that digital multitasking and cute cat videos are undermining the very thought processes that are the essence of our humanity".
Learning is a dynamic function that each person experiences in a vastly different way. For instance, one individual may retain knowledge the best by studying a textbook while another may need to link an idea to a physical activity they perform.
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
Ariana Amorim's insight:
Great tips for applying Brain Science to the Classroom.