Your Brain in Love (TEDtalk)

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Social Cognition, Social Emotional Learning

Your Brain — Valentine’s Edition. Here is Helen Fisher’s TED Talk from TED 2008. Helen’s bio on the TED website reads, Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. She’s best known as an expert on romantic love, and her beautifully penned books — including Anatomy of Love and Why We Love — lay bare the … Read More

Fast vs. Slow Thinking — Brain Tricks

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Differentiated Instruction, Learning, Learning about Learning

Below is a clever and enjoyable video from AsapScience, about how the brain works in relation to systems the author dubs, “Fast Thinking” and “Slow Thinking.” You might think about these as instinctive vs. conscious thought. As you watch the video and engage in the exercises, you will probably see implications for teaching and learning. We wonder, how often we … Read More

Your Brain Is Amazing (Short Video)

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Learning

The good folks over at Piled Higher and Deeper created the below video based on their awesome infographic titled, “Your Brain By the Numbers.” Coming it at only 1:17, it is well worth watching and sharing. Enjoy.

Friday Funnies

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts

Some Friday brain humor. Enjoy. From the Daily Ha Ha: From The MetaPicture: Also from The MetaPicture: Inside a toddler’s brain by Melissa Balmain in Parenting Mag, posted at BuzzFeed: By Mark Parisi via MyTeenageWereWolf: From TaMuse–The Brain’s a Troll: And, finally, the timelessly hilarious Gary Larson’s Far Side, posted on Inebriated Press:

How the Brain Retains (Infographic)

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Differentiated Learning, Learning about Learning, Memory

The folks over at mindflash developed this infographic about how and where the brain stores it’s information. While much of the brain’s information storage system remains a mystery, it is important to remember (see what we did there?) that memory is varied, nuanced, and often associative. Working memory is different than short or long term memory and what students take … Read More

Humor — It’s all in your head

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Higher Order Thinking

Humor is generally regarded as an important and valuable tool for sustaining engagement with students (in moderation, of course). But what is really going on in the brain when it comes to humor? In an article in New Scientist magazine, Daniel Elkan writes, Yet humour is a far more complex process than primeval pleasures like sex or food. In addition to … Read More

Anxiety and the Mind

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Classroom Culture, Learning Challenges, Whole Child

Below is an image from a Time Magazine article on the “Anatomy of Anxiety” from a few years ago. While the article is a bit dated, the relevance remains, especially for educators. Students need to feel relaxed, safe, and welcome in order to learn effectively. If we focus only on content and raise the stakes of assessments, we increase some … Read More

Language Learning and the Developing Mind

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Language, Learning

[brightcove vid=2104029225001&exp3=673439679001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=665003388001&pk=AQ~~,AAAAmtVKbGE~,pW41hkPiaotk7M2LC0HZ3RTjdL1UaDYv&lbu=http://projects.scpr.org/bilinguallearning/&w=480&h=270] Here is a short video from Southern California Public Radio station KPCC on the science behind bilingual learning. The site, Bilingual Learning, explores “the science, options, and dilemmas of dual language education.” Much appreciation to Marcela Summerville (@PreKlanguages) of Spanish Workshop for Children for pointing this out to us.

Your Brain on Improv

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Nonverbal thinking

The below TEDx Talk by surgeon, researcher, and musician Charles Limb, unpacks some of his emerging hypotheses about the brain during improv, and how those might translate into understanding creativity. Or at least one small slice of it. If he is correct, there are probably a broad range of implications for education. How might improv be used in the classroom … Read More