News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education

The Truth About Research on Screen Time

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | November 6, 2017

There’s no shortage of articles warning of the negative effects of screen time on kids’ development, but what does the research actually say? Experts weigh in, in our new Briefing Paper.

How We Decide: The Neuronal Reward Signal

by Wolfram Schultz

The Dana Foundation | November 1, 2017

Using electrophysiologic measures of neuronal activity, researchers testing theories of reward and decision-making have found neuronal mechanisms in circuits including dopamine neurons, the striatum, the frontal cortex, and the amygdala that reflect reward and decisions. One in our series of Reports on Progress.

The Illusion of the Perfect Brain Enhancer

by Emiliano Santarnecchi, Ph.D., and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.

Cerebrum | September 18, 2017

Many questions loom over transcranial direct current stimulation. The authors examine its potential and pitfalls.

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Structural Connectivity Sets the Stage for Later Reasoning Ability

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | September 12, 2017

New study suggests that the tighter two specific brain regions are woven together by white-matter tracts in childhood, the better one’s performance will be on a reasoning task in adulthood.

What’s in a Name?

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

September 1, 2017

Many teachers who work with children have learned that presenting material in small blocks, interspersed with other activities, even physical activities, leads to much better results. Our monthly column for Brain in the News.

The Sleeping Brain Can Learn

by Diana Kwon

The Scientist | August 8, 2017

Humans can remember new sensory information presented during REM sleep, but this ability is suppressed during deep, slow-wave slumber.

The Brain’s Emotional Development

by Nim Tottenham

Cerebrum | July 18, 2017

New research is helping scientists learn about areas of the brain that are crucial to emotional development, and how our surroundings fit into the picture.

Different Types of Music May Aid Stroke Recovery

by Kayt Sukel

Dana Foundation | June 28, 2017

Building on work showing that listening to music helps speed peoples’ recovery from stroke, researchers find that that peppy song you love triggers different brain areas than unfamiliar music.

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

by Anya Kamenetz

NPR | June 12, 2017

Fairmont Neighborhood School in the South Bronx is adopting science-based techniques to empower and nuture their students.

How to Stay Sharp in Later Life

by Moheb Costandi

The Dana Foundation | June 12, 2017

To prevent or slow cognitive decline in later life, one should adopt as many healthy lifestyle choices as possible, researcher Ian Deary told an audience at the Royal Society. His talk was organized by the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) and the University of the Third Age (U3A).

Art and the Brain: Museum Near Boston Hires Neurosceintist to Transform Visitors' Experience

by Stav Ziv

Newsweek | May 17, 2017

Tedi Asher becomes the full-time neuroscience researcher for the next year at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

6 Secrets Infants Can Teach Adults about Learning

by Rachel Wu

Scientific American Blog | April 28, 2017

It’s good to learn new skills outside of your comfort zone.

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