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

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.

Neurology of Gaming, Infographic

allkindsofmindsAttention, Brain Facts, Learning, Nonverbal thinking

As with most things, “gaming” (or being engaged in video games) has both positives and negatives when it comes to developing minds. Too much gaming, and the positive effects are overshadowed by the negative. Yet, the right balance can add another avenue for pursuing educational goals and achievement. As a result, more and more programs are using gaming to reach … Read More

Organization of Object and Action Categories in the Brain

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Language, Learning, Reading, Reading Comprehension

The team at Gallant Lab at UC Berkley has been looking at how the brain processes and maps words/subject/objects. (Their recently published paper in Neuron) The result is a fascinating look into the workings of the brain and yet more evidence that we have only barely begun to uncover the mysteries of the mind at work. Check out the video … Read More

On Cognition and the Bilingual Mind

Kim CarterAttention, Brain Facts, Language, Learning, Research

In the past year there has been a flurry of articles on the cognitive advantages of the bilingual mind. Below is a selection of quotes from various pieces. The best of the articles comes from the Dana Foundation‘s Cerebrum publication (which includes a list of accompanying research for more exploration). In their piece, Viorica Marian, PhD and Anthony Shook conclude: The cognitive and neurological benefits … Read More

Your Brain By the Numbers

Kim CarterBrain Facts, Learning, Learning about Learning, Metacognition

Scientific America recently published the engaging and amusing image below. It is the result of a collaboration between Wake Forest School of Medicine neuroscientist, Dwayne Godwin and the writer/illustrator of the Piled Higher and Deeper comic strip, Jorge Cham. Not only will some of these fact amaze you, you’ll have fun reading them, perhaps due to the associative memory the … Read More