Memory, Social Cognition, and Predicting the Future

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A recent article in Harvard Magazine reports on the research of psychology professor, Daniel Schater, who is delving into  memory, social cognition and how the mind imagines the future. From the article: During the past decade, Schacter says, a revolution has occurred in the field of memory science: researchers have shown that memory is responsible for much more than the … Read More

Storytelling’s Impact on Empathy (and the Architecture of the Brain)

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Paul Zak, who TED Talks describes as, “a pioneer in the field of neuroeconomics,” shares his thoughts and insights on the power of storytelling to affect change in the architecture of the brain in the below video — a collaboration between him, filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, and animator Henrique Barone for the Future of Storytelling conference. He opens with a powerful … Read More

Oh, The Places You’ll Find Yourself — Spatially Speaking

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Below is a TED Talk by Neil Burgess, a neuroscientist at the University College in London, who researches, as described on the TED website, “how patterns of electrical activity in brain cells guide us through space.” [ted id=1349] Supplemental to the grid cells Dr. Burgess discusses are additional neurological systems that give us a sense of our surroundings. Dan Peterson, … Read More

15 Things About the (Human) Brain

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As we get excited for Brain Awareness Week next week, we thought it might be fun to take a quick look at our amazing brain. Below is an info-graphic from onlineschools with 15 facts you may or may not have known. Number 9 is a great reminder for parents, educators, and health conscious people — we think what we eat.

12 Brain Rules

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Below are the 12 Brain Rules developed by John Medina. Each link will take you to his site and to more information about each of the rules. You can find the original list in his book “Brain Rules” and on his Brain Rules website. Enjoy.  EXERCISE | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.  SURVIVAL | Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.  WIRING … Read More

Your Brain in Love (TEDtalk)

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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

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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)

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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

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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: