Archive for the ‘neuroplasticity’ Category

Educators hold on to many practices to which they were exposed in their educational training. However, as life-long learners, they should investigate if they are actually research-based or not. Neuroscience has provided many answers in the past years. Read more here about what we know in Dispelling the Myth: Training in Education or Neuroscience Decreases but Does Not Eliminate Beliefs in Neuromyths at https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01314/full

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The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions, new and interesting findings at https://www.sciencealert.com/science-discovers-human-brain-works-up-to-11-dimensions

Interesting stuff, excerpt:

“We found a world that we had never imagined,” said lead researcher,neuroscientist Henry Markram from the EPFL institute in Switzerland.

“There are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to 11 dimensions.”

Just to be clear – this isn’t how you’d think of spatial dimensions (our Universe has three spatial dimensions plus one time dimension), instead it refers to how the researchers have looked at the neuron cliques to determine how connected they are.

“Networks are often analysed in terms of groups of nodes that are all-to-all connected, known as cliques. The number of neurons in a clique determines its size, or more formally, its dimension,” the researchers explained in the paper.

Human brains are estimated to have a staggering 86 billion neurons, with multiple connections from each cell webbing in every possible direction, forming the vast cellular network that somehow makes us capable of thought and consciousness.

Is there a difference in brain processes? Find out at https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/reading-paper-screens/

Excellent resource for educators. Download at http://wpblog.neuronetlearning.com/2018/02/mirror-neuron-activity/

Excerpt:

What are Executive Functioning Skills?

Executive functioning skills (EF), located in the brain’s pre-frontal cortex, help direct and control other brain functions and movements that lead to academic and personal success. Executive functioning (EF) skills have been compared to the conductor of an orchestra or the flight control tower at an airport. These skills will continue to develop until around the age of 25 when research in brain development has shown that the pre-frontal cortex reaches maturity.

In K-12 students, whose executive functioning skills are not yet fully developed, regulation of these skills often falls on parents and educators. These adults often function as the frontal lobe of the developing student’s brain and provide the needed external prompts, cues, and reminders to accomplish tasks, manage time, and stay organized.

Find the apps at https://www.eschoolnews.com/?p=187442?ps=cbroady0@georgetowncollege.edu-001a000001JKcBT-003a000001eyvec

All cultures of which I know use story-telling with children and sometimes even with adults. Why is this practice so popular across cultures and educational levels? And how could the world of education benefit from it? Read more The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory at https://www.edutopia.org/article/neuroscience-narrative-and-memory?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Interesting study results at https://www.edutopia.org/article/why-students-forget-and-what-you-can-do-about-it?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow