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Top 8 amazing Neuro education initiatives

Updated on January 30, 2014
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Neuro Education & Brain Research

It was in the year 1988; neuroeducation started taking interest in Academia. A special group known as Psychophysiology and the special interest group brought about a revolutionary change linking neuroscience and education. As a result educational neuroscience is now the focus of the study of major research organizations around the world. Some of the prominent research organizations working in the field are The Centre for Educational Neuroscience, The International Mind, Brain and Education Society and The Neuroeducational Research Network.

Today after completing 25 glorious years of success, Neuro education has made several findings in the field of Academia. To commemorate the successful journey, we have come up with a list of 25 most significant findings in the field of neuroeducation over the past 25 years.

The editor has a special note for the readers to check out the learning strategies graphics which are in a 3d interactive mode. The 3D interactive model is quite educative and show how the brain works. It is quite beneficial for the educators.

Another one of the amazing findings in Neuroeducation is about Brain Plasticity. The plasticity theory of brain proves that brain changes constantly as a result of learning. The brain remains plastic throughout life. According to recent studies done on the brain, learning a new skill change the brain. Once the learner stops practicing the skill, the brain reverts back to its changes. It is important to go for a continuous learning. The brain works on a “use it or lose it “formula. The brain plasticity theory shows that students can add more and more new skills in several areas. Research shows that there exists an inverse relationship between continuous learning and dementia. Keeping the mind always active can reduce the risks of dementia, especially in older adults.

Mirror neurons: The eras of 1980’s and 1990’ saw Italian researchers working on a new concept, the mirror neurons. The theory states that when a person watches another person undergoing a situation like embarrassment, triumph or nerve wracking, the viewer feels that he is experiencing the situation. In simple words, we feel empathy for the sufferer. Mirror neurons are responsible for the action. Deficiency of mirror neurons may result in Autism.

Marco lacobini, lead researcher on Mirror neurons is of opinion ““This may be the neurological basis of human connectedness, which we urgently need in the world today.”

Recent studies in neuroscience also prove that nature and nurture affect the learning capacity of the brain. Apart from genetic makeup, environmental factors also play an important role in sharpening of the brain. External factors like diet, exposure to toxins, and social interactions can also turn on and off the genes. Neuroscience helps us to understand the genetic predispositions in each individual. It also helps us to understand the relationship between nature and nurture. Education and nurture can make improvements in genetic predispositions.

Yet another one of the amazing findings of Neuroscience is a Gardners theory of Multiple Intelligences. Gardner first published his theory in 1983 in the form of Frames of Mind. Here he presented the vision of seven intelligences exhibited by human minds. These seven intelligences namely linguistic, logical mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, interpersonal and musical are found in individuals in different variations. Gardner’s theory has been accepted widely and transformed into several curriculum interpretations across the country.

The brain responds to reward in different ways. This response is influenced by factors like uncertainty and expectations.

Khan Academy, a major online learning portal emphasizes the science of reward. At the academy students have to face challenges in the form of games and problems in order to win badges.Students reported that after attending the online gaming sessions, they started feeling particular affinity towards subjects like Maths and Science , which they have never felt before. After the sessions were implemented in the schools, more and more students got attracted to subjects like Math and Science.

According to Judy Wills, a teacher as well as a prominent neurologist did a study on students in 2011. Judy found out those students who worked in writing in positive supportive groups had a surge in dopamine. They also exhibited redirection and facilitation abilities to higher cognitive brain. The result was that students could remember for a long term.

These are some of the top and amazing findings in the field of Neuroscience.

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