Paralysis, Memory and Learning: Do Our Bodies Hold the Promise of Regeneration?

Every year, television advertising during the Super Bowl serves as a pointer to what Americans are thinking about. One of the more memorable ads from this year’s game featured a computer-generated version of actor Christopher Reeve rising unsteadily from his seat and walking across a stage, to the thunderous applause of the audience. The ad…

A Conversation With Alison Gopnik

Most parents have, at one time or another, gazed lovingly at their newborn child and wondered whether someday their offspring would grow up to be the next Einstein or Newton. If Alison Gopnik were watching, she might suggest that the newborn in the bassinet doesn’t need to grow up. Perhaps they already think like a…

What is “Brain-Based Learning”?

The Organ of Learning To many, the term “brain-based learning” sounds redundant. Isn’t all learning and teaching brain-based? Advocates of brain-based teaching insist that there is a difference between “brain-compatible” education, and “brain-antagonistic” teaching practices and methods which can actually prevent learning. In his book, Human Brain and Human Learning (1983), Leslie Hart argues that…

Overview of Receptive Fields

A wonderful thing about the art of painting is its explorations of the relationship between form and meaning. Flowers painted by Georgia O’Keefe, for example, are detailed studies of one isolated object, and are deeply resonant with sensuality and strength. Monet’s water lilies, on the other hand, show the relationship between flowers and their environment…