Illusions: Anti-images

Before the brain can begin to interpret visual input, light that is focused by the lens of the eye onto the retina must be converted to neural signals that can be relayed to the brain. The retina is actually a small outpouching of brain on the back of the eye that connects directly to a…

Sound Training Rewires Dyslexic Children’s Brains For Reading

Introduction by Garrison W. Cottrell, Ph.D. This week’s article was written by Nadine Gaab, a newly-appointed Assistant Professor at Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gaab was a postdoctoral researcher in the NSF-funded Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center with Dr. Paula Tallal of Rutgers. While many young cognitive neuroscientists are using the emerging technology…

A Conversation with William H. Calvin

When I first met Bill Calvin it was at a convention of Futurists, in a loud room filled with passionate people discussing important issues such as the societal impact of nanotechnology and alternative fuels. Dr. Calvin’s voice was barely a whisper. A soft-spoken man, his tone sharply contrasts with the impact of his thoughts. An…

20/20 Vision for 2020 Challenges

August brings newspaper inserts about back to school clothing, student dread and anticipation, teacher preparations for the challenges of another year, and mass media reports on the state of the schools. The beginning of school simplifies life in some families, and complicates it in others. Students who begin kindergarten this fall will graduate from high…

Driving Brain Change is a Skill, Retraining the Student Brain is an Art

For more than three decades, Dr. Michael Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In addition to teaching and doing research at the University of California, San Francisco, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Dr. Merzenich’s work has been covered…