Brain Scans Show If Ready to Learn
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
MIT researchers found that activation of the parahippocampal gyrus was associated with better memory if visual scenes followed. link].
fMRI of Dysgraphia - Lack of Automaticity and Need for Visual Monitoring
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Thank goodness for Todd Richards and his collaboration with Virginia Berninger and her group for looking into the brain-basis of dysgraphia.
Learning from Exceptions in the Brain
DECEMBER 12, 2011
There is a learning style that seems unmistakable in some - and it seems to involve learning from exceptions. success)). Eide Neurolearning Blog.
Overthinking and Creativity - Think Like Child
APRIL 23, 2012
From Life Hacker , look at the puzzle to the left. How long does it take you to solve? We see this with some of our most divergent students.
Metacognition, Math, and the Brain
MARCH 12, 2012
If our students are up to the challenge, it's important we give them a chance to work on very hard problems. It's not just students, of course.
Failure School: Metacognitive Reframing Boosts Working Memory
MAY 7, 2012
What's a quick way to boost a student's working memory? Tell them that learning is difficult and failure is common.
Why It's Hard For Kids to Stand Still
JULY 18, 2011
Makes you think about what we're expecting of young kids and when educational or behavioral expectations will catch up to developmental science.
Education for Misfits and Neurodiversity
JUNE 4, 2012
From Schumpeter in the Economist, In Praise of Misfits reflects on how classrooms and marketplaces seem to love opposites. So it takes all kinds.
Fact Retrieval vs. Problem Solving in the Brain
AUGUST 13, 2012
If you haven't read this 'oldie-but-goodie' paper, check out Transforming Physics Education. Algebra Problem Solving paper: docs.lib. Newman et al.,
What Educators Can Learn from Madison Avenue -Bad Design Kills
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
What they are is novel. And novelty is usually a good thing when you have something you want remembered. They're what we need for the classroom.
ADHD, Creativity, and Reduced Inhibition
OCTOBER 10, 2011
"ADHD may have negative consequences for academic achievement, employment performance, and social relationships. The authors conclude: ".the
Stimulating Creativity and the Brain
OCTOBER 3, 2011
In the alternative uses task, test subjects are asked to think of alternative uses of everyday objects like "tin" and "umbrella".
Children and Adults Use Different Networks to Solve Problems
MARCH 5, 2012
When doing arithmetic problems, Stanford researchers found that children use different brain regions to solve problems. Perhaps salience networks are more important in general for children's problem solving. Last week we had the pleasure of having dinner with Katherine Schantz, Head of the Lab School in Washington DC. Eide Neurolearning Blog.
The Charisma Effect
JANUARY 10, 2011
"I was told I was selected class speaker because of my deep voice, my "charisma", and the work I had done in the community.
Brooding Perfectionism -
NOVEMBER 6, 2011
We recently came across the topic of Brooding Perfectionism. There are different types of perfectionism (e.g.
The Steps of Creativity - Early Crowd sourcing and Prototyping
JUNE 25, 2012
Prototyping results in subsequent abstraction and refinement of the initial representation (Lim et al., 2008). Act now and learn new things."
Reading Metaphors and Individual Differences in the Brain
MARCH 19, 2012
individual differences context metaphor fMRI brain language
The Turkey and the Crow - The Tension Between Expertise and Creativity
JUNE 13, 2011
Once we started looking for the turkey-crow split, the more we started seeing it everywhere. Eide Neurolearning Blog.
Why It's Hard to Listen to Two People Talking at One Time
JANUARY 23, 2012
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon show us why it's hard for us to listen to two people talking at one time. Eide Neurolearning Blog.
Growing a Bigger Brain with a Larger Social Network
JANUARY 31, 2011
The bigger your social network, the bigger your brain - well, at least your amygdala. But is having a bigger amygdala better?
Curiosity and the Creative Drive
DECEMBER 20, 2010
Sound like anyone that you know? Put Cal Tech students in a scanner reading trivia questions and you might learn a thing or two about curiosity.
Is Impulsivity a Bad Thing?
APRIL 16, 2012
Answer - it depends. The test involve college students who were administered a personality test that estimated trait-impulsivity.
Head for the HIlls - Cities Bad for Your Mental Health
JULY 25, 2011
take a back seat. Studies like this are helpful. It should also be common sense. Eide Neurolearning Blog.
Slow Processing Speed.Video Game Therapy?
NOVEMBER 15, 2010
Students with sensory processing disorder also often have very slow processing speeds. The research raises some interesting thoughts.
Pattern Learning and the Brain
JANUARY 16, 2012
From NY Times : "For years school curriculums have emphasized top-down instruction, especially for topics like math and science.
Real World vs. Simple Problem Solving
OCTOBER 24, 2011
In the Neural Basis of Thinking , Vinod Goel reflects on the puzzle of a brain-injured architect. He never made it to the detail stage.
Writing Problems of Visual Thinkers - Pictures vs. Words / Literal Films
DECEMBER 13, 2010
There's a viral video channel on Youtube that beautifully illustrates the writing problems of visual thinkers. Check out Gerald Grow's article. 2.
The Unexpected Benefits of Poor Working Memory - ADD and Lazy Genius?
OCTOBER 18, 2010
Many people have very poor working memories - in my case it's a very bad auditory verbal working memory. Always had it, I can't blame age.
Background Noise Problems in Dyslexia
FEBRUARY 1, 2007
More data supporting the range of perceptual difficulties in dyslexia. This study only looked at tone and Huggins (kind of spectral noise) sounds.a
The Increased Work of Dyslexia
DECEMBER 13, 2006
Here is an interesting study from Stanford that gives support to what dyslexics have said for years - it's harder for them to read.
Stories, Empathy, and the Brain
SEPTEMBER 5, 2011
Want an empathy workout for your brain? Read a book! If we want to train children up in empathy, then stories are a great way to do it.
Memory, Reward, and Dopamine
NOVEMBER 28, 2011
Nice review of Dopamine and Adaptive Memory from TICS. So how to we reconcile these results with anti-reward proponents?
Complex Development of Moral Sensitivity and Empathy - fMRI
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
All age groups reported feeling sad and upset when viewing intentional harm and harm directed toward people vs. objects. Eide Neurolearning Blog.
JUNE 19, 2011
"[My father] advised me to sit every few months in my reading chair for an entire evening, close my eyes and try to think of new problems to solve. took his advice very seriously and have been glad ever since that he did." On Saturday nights he read classics of literature to Maria and her siblings. link] [link] [link] Eide Neurolearning Blog.
Curiosity, Doing, and Creative Success
AUGUST 29, 2011
Thanks Brain Pickings for this talk by filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman on Creativity, Rigor, and Learning as You Go. The rigor came from the curiosity."
The Dyslexic Advantage is Out! - Dyslexic Inventor James Russell
AUGUST 22, 2011
It's here! Our book, The Dyslexic Advantage is out! Check out this brief excerpt from our interview with James Russell, inventor of the compact disc.
Hot Seat Learning - Why Testing is Not All Bad
JANUARY 24, 2011
In medical school, I had a great Radiology teacher who loved putting students in the hot seat. Researchers ".found
Analogy as the Core of Cognition
NOVEMBER 29, 2010
Douglas Hofstadter has an interesting discussion in a Presidential lecture at Stanford. something else)".
Memorial Day - Flash from the Past
MAY 31, 2010
He was small in stature, but scrappy. Then fighting became discipline rather than an emotional outburst. Who was this? Thank you, all.
Different Brain Networks for Novelty-Induced vs. Voluntary Attention
MAY 11, 2009
It's those voluntary attention networks that are also more likely to take time to develop in children (including high IQ kids).