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Brain Scans Show If Ready to Learn

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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

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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

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There is a learning style that seems unmistakable in some - and it seems to involve learning from exceptions. success)). Eide Neurolearning Blog.

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Overthinking and Creativity - Think Like Child

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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

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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

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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

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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

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From Schumpeter in the Economist, In Praise of Misfits reflects on how classrooms and marketplaces seem to love opposites. So it takes all kinds.

What Educators Can Learn from Madison Avenue -Bad Design Kills

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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

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"ADHD may have negative consequences for academic achievement, employment performance, and social relationships. The authors conclude: ".the

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Stimulating Creativity and the Brain

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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

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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

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"I was told I was selected class speaker because of my deep voice, my "charisma", and the work I had done in the community.

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Fact Retrieval vs. Problem Solving in the Brain

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If you haven't read this 'oldie-but-goodie' paper, check out Transforming Physics Education. Algebra Problem Solving paper: docs.lib. Newman et al.,

Brooding Perfectionism -

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We recently came across the topic of Brooding Perfectionism. There are different types of perfectionism (e.g.

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The Steps of Creativity - Early Crowd sourcing and Prototyping

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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

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individual differences context metaphor fMRI brain language

The Turkey and the Crow - The Tension Between Expertise and Creativity

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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

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon show us why it's hard for us to listen to two people talking at one time. Eide Neurolearning Blog.

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Growing a Bigger Brain with a Larger Social Network

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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

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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?

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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

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take a back seat. Studies like this are helpful. It should also be common sense. Eide Neurolearning Blog.

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Slow Processing Speed.Video Game Therapy?

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Students with sensory processing disorder also often have very slow processing speeds. The research raises some interesting thoughts.

Pattern Learning and the Brain

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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More data supporting the range of perceptual difficulties in dyslexia. This study only looked at tone and Huggins (kind of spectral noise) sounds.a

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The Increased Work of Dyslexia

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Here is an interesting study from Stanford that gives support to what dyslexics have said for years - it's harder for them to read.

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Stories, Empathy, and the Brain

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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

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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

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All age groups reported feeling sad and upset when viewing intentional harm and harm directed toward people vs. objects. Eide Neurolearning Blog.

Great Fathers

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"[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

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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

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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.

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Hot Seat Learning - Why Testing is Not All Bad

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In medical school, I had a great Radiology teacher who loved putting students in the hot seat. Researchers ".found

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Analogy as the Core of Cognition

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Douglas Hofstadter has an interesting discussion in a Presidential lecture at Stanford. something else)".

Memorial Day - Flash from the Past

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He was small in stature, but scrappy. Then fighting became discipline rather than an emotional outburst. Who was this? Thank you, all.

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Different Brain Networks for Novelty-Induced vs. Voluntary Attention

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It's those voluntary attention networks that are also more likely to take time to develop in children (including high IQ kids).