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Mirror Neurons

…that the discovery of DNA did for our understanding of genetics. A smoothly coordinated motor sequence involves the typically unconscious preparation for a movement followed by the actual movement. For example, while my left index finger is typing the c in cat, my left little finger is getting ready to type a and my left index finger will shortly move up to the top row to type the t. The result is a single seamless typing action – cat. The…

Never Stop Learning!

…rg/education/lessonplans The Science of Flight http://www.ellejet.com/understanding-flight-dynamics.php Creative Writing Lesson Plan Collection http://www.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=658 22 Dog-Themed Lesson Plans for Teachers https://www.rover.com/blog/dog-themed-lesson-plans/ Animal-Related Lesson Plans http://www.discoveryeducation.com/search/page/-/-/lesson-plan/animals/index.cfm Brain Resources…

Our Elusive Sense of Humor

…ife, but she also provides a very practical guide and helpful resources on how to do it (and her book also provided most of the jokes in this column). Finally, if you have ten minutes to spare, click here: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/223 for the Rispyni Brothers’ humorous take on juggling that frequently uses the three-part pattern discussed above. But if you think the three-part joke is the only avenue to humor, think…

Take Two: Lessons Learned from Twins Research

…teresting clues. In a 1997 study to examine cognitive development during the second year, they looked at 408 pairs of identical and same-sex fraternal toddlers, aged 14, 20, and 24 months. Using the Bayley Mental Development Index, the researchers measured nonverbal ability, expressive language, and receptive language, and included tests of word comprehension, visual attentiveness, and memory for locations. One of the things they found was that…

Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, and Digital Wisdom

…Brain Connection column: The Effects of Electronic Media on Cognition and Behavior. Resources Goldberg, E. (2005) The Paradox of Wisdom: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger as Your Brain Grows Older . New York: Gotham. Pensky, M. (February 2009. Vol. 5, issue 3) Innovate: Journal of Online Education. “H. Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom”….

Sleepyheads’ brains veer from restful path

…depend in part on task-specific demands,” the researchers conclude. During both tasks, functional magnetic resonance imaging scans measured blood-flow changes in specific brain regions. These data provided an indirect index of rises and falls in brain-cell activity. In one study, published in the Feb. 10 Nature, the researchers evaluated 13 healthy adults, ages 21 to 35, in a sleep laboratory. Each participant tried to memorize short…

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