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Math ability requires hemisphere crosstalk in the brain | KurzweilAI

Math ability requires hemisphere crosstalk in the brain | KurzweilAI | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it

"Could special training in improving hemispheric cross-communication improve math abilities? What kinds of devices or exercises would be most effective?"

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Don't Waste Your Money on "Brain Training" Schemes

Don't Waste Your Money on "Brain Training" Schemes | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
There are all kinds of "brain-training" programs out there that promise to help you stay smart even as you age. The problem is that there's little evidence that they work — but a lot of evidence that they are a waste of money.
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Neuroplasticity Studies Reveal Your Brain's Amazing Malleability

As time goes by, science provides more and more evidence that your brain is malleable and continually changing in response to your lifestyle, physiology, and environment.

This concept is called neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity—meaning, you are literally reforming your brain with each passing day. It used to be thought that your brain was static, except during some critical developmental periods, but today, we know this isn’t true.
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15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning - InformED

15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning - InformED | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless things we can do to improve the way we learn.
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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

One way to promote engagement and learning is to consciously create pauses throughout the day. We can create a sense of spaciousness in our classroom by slowing down the pace of our speech and punctuating our lessons with silence. Introduced well, this practice can improve classroom discourse.
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Put Working Memory to Work in Learning

Put Working Memory to Work in Learning | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Strengthen your students' conscious processing of information with techniques like repetition, gamification, visualization, emphasizing relevance, and peer teaching.
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"Study Less, Study Smart": The Best Ways to Retain More in Less Time

"Study Less, Study Smart": The Best Ways to Retain More in Less Time | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
When you're learning new material, it can be overwhelming when you think about how much time you need to truly understand it all. This studying technique can help you stay focused and take on more information with shorter study sessions.
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How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.”
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6 important things you should know about how your brain learns

6 important things you should know about how your brain learns | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it

While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our brains take in new information, and knowing how this works can help us choose the most efficient strategies for learning new things.

Here are six things you should know about the brain’s learning systems.

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Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Brain scans of the meditators showed "increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory" and "a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress," the New York Times reported. "A control group that did not practice meditation showed no such changes.”
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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
The human brain has an amazing capacity to wield a potent cognitive strategy: selective attention. When we consciously focus our attention on something, we bring the power of the prefrontal cortex to this endeavor.
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Why the Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die

Why the Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
The myth has become a powerful metaphor, but it's one we should challenge
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How to Better Retain Information from Books, Articles, and More

How to Better Retain Information from Books, Articles, and More | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Although we can learn a lot of great information from books, articles, interviews, and conversations, we naturally forget a lot of it. Create a system to regularly remind you of lessons you've already learned. Here are three simple ways you can do that.
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Memory Tip: Show Your Brain What's Important

Memory Tip: Show Your Brain What's Important | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Cognitive science has come to a few conclusions about the mechanics of learning. 
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Why Students Should Be Taking Notes

Why Students Should Be Taking Notes | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
There is also accumulating evidence (the article below references seven studies) that giving students teacher-prepared notes or PowerPoint slides does not improve their performance. Students need to take notes in ways that are meaningful to them. It also helps when notes are restructured. The material presented in class is usually ordered in a linear fashion.
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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know
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5 common beliefs about the human brain that are actually totally false

5 common beliefs about the human brain that are actually totally false | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Are you a "left brain" person or a "right brain" person? Truth is, it doesn't really matter!
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Why the Speech Center of Your Brain Shuts Down When You Talk

Why the Speech Center of Your Brain Shuts Down When You Talk | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
On the left side of your brain there's a special region called Broca's Area, also known as the speech center of the brain. Now a group of neuroscientists have discovered something strange about it. Even though this brain region supposedly controls speech, it shuts down when you are speaking.
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Math and the brain: Memorization is overrated, says education expert

Math and the brain: Memorization is overrated, says education expert | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Remember being drilled multiplication tables? Or taking a timed math exam? These have been common activities in school, but Stanford experts say they’re not really helpful to kids learning math facts. In fact, they deter students who might otherwise be excellent mathematicians.
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How to Triple What You Can Remember, Psychology Study Demonstrates — PsyBlog

How to Triple What You Can Remember, Psychology Study Demonstrates — PsyBlog | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
People can forget things they were paying attention to just one second later, unless…

Memory has to be ‘turned on’ in order to remember even the simplest details, a new study finds.
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The Truth About Brain Training Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Truth About Brain Training Infographic presents some scientific evidence regarding brain training.
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Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
The memory researcher's guide to studying.
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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
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Want to learn something better? Draw it

Want to learn something better? Draw it | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
When you're trying to learn, do something with your new knowledge, such as summarising it or explaining it to someone else. This deepens your memories and helps integrate what you've learned with what you already knew. A new study has tested the benefits of another beneficial learning activity - drawing.
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All You Need to Know About the 'Learning Styles' Myth, in Two Minutes | WIRED

All You Need to Know About the 'Learning Styles' Myth, in Two Minutes | WIRED | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Learning Styles – a hugely popular idea that simply isn’t supported by psychological science.
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Personality Trumps Intelligence When Learning | Big Think

Personality traits like conscientiousness and openness are better indicators of long-term academic success than traditional, standardized ways of measuring intelligence, according to a new study out of Griffith University. 
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