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MacLean Fitzgerald

Children Controlling Their Own Brainwaves: A New Treatment for ADD?

Imagine a boy sitting in front of a computer screen, controlling what appears on the monitor with only his brainwaves. His hands don’t move; he makes no sound. But as he watches the screen, his brain learns to regulate itself… Continue Reading →

A Conversation With Joseph LeDoux

One of the world’s leading experts in the neurobiology of emotion, Dr. LeDoux has garnered many accolades for his basic research into how the brain processes fear. Using clever conditioning experiments, he and his colleagues have been able to show… Continue Reading →

Number Blindness: A Hidden Challenge for Mathematics

Educators often worry that some students just don’t “get” math. In truth, some fundamental difficulties with math may be indicators of mild dyscalculia, or “number blindness.” It’s hard to imagine an aspect of daily life that is not touched by… Continue Reading →

Mental Illness at the Movies

What Draws Us To Films About Mental Illness? There is, arguably, something at stake in a movie about mental illness that is hard to find elsewhere, something maybe best described as identity itself. Unlike a movie about other serious illnesses… Continue Reading →

Inside the Minds of Animals

Clever Hans As the story is told, sometime late in the first decade of the twentieth century, a retired German mathematics teacher named Wilhelm von Osten discovered an odd thing about his horse. He had reason to believe that this… Continue Reading →

Can Music Education Enhance Brain Functioning and Academic Learning?

Echoing Mozart: Discovering a Link between the Brain and Music When Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher published the results of their study on the relationship between music and spatial task performance in 1993, the “Mozart effect” became a popular term…. Continue Reading →

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