Learning more about how our brains work helps us appreciate all that this amazing organ can do. This knowledge may also help learn more about learning.

A Conversation With Robert Sapolsky

I first met Robert Sapolsky years ago at a research conference. My first impression was that he was quiet... too quiet. In a crowded hotel lobby with hundreds of scientists busily jabbering about themselves and their research, he seemed almost...
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Bill Newsome’s Neural Basis of Behavior

Dr. William Newsome is sitting at his PC computer grumbling. "Do you know what IBM stands for?" Newsome asks in a slight Southern drawl. "It stands for 'I'm Building a Mac'," he quips, displaying quick-witted charm and ardent loyalty to...
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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic… and Neuroscience?

Education in the United States today is undergoing major reforms, and voices are calling for a return to the fundamentals: reading, writing, and...neuroscience? Dr. Bret Peterson explores how students can enjoy learning about the brain. At first blush, teaching kids...
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When You Don’t Understand the Brains You’re Trying to Teach

Most beginning teachers quickly discover that they don't completely understand all the curricular material they're expected to teach, and many of the noteworthy events the mass media constantly report. Professional pride and the questions and confusion of our students tend...
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