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Teachers Must Ditch ‘Neuromyth’ Of Learning Styles

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists. Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning [...]

Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don't know what they're talking about. Don't trust them. Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy. UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex [...]

Four Neuromyths That Are Still Prevalent In Schools – Debunked

It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and determination are highly important in education. But neuroscience and psychology are complex, nuanced subjects that come with many caveats. Although progress is being made towards understanding what helps and hinders students, there [...]

Want To ‘Train Your Brain’? Forget Apps, Learn A Musical Instrument

Pixabay Images While brain training games and apps may not live up to their hype, it is well established that certain other activities and lifestyle choices can have neurological benefits that promote overall brain health and may help to keep the mind sharp as we get older. One of these is musical training. [...]

Scientists Find Brain Region That Helps You Make Up Your Mind

Thinkstock One of the smallest parts of the brain is getting a second look after new research suggests it plays a crucial role in decision making. A University of British Columbia study published today in Nature Neuroscience says the lateral habenula, a region of the brain linked to depression and avoidance behaviors, has been largely [...]

Neuroscience: The Hard Science Of Oxytocin

Illustration by Dale Edwin Murry In April 2011, Robert Froemke and his team were reprogramming the brains of virgin mice with a single hormone injection. Before the treatment, the female mice were largely indifferent to the cries of a distressed baby, and were even known to trample over them. But after an injection [...]

By | 2016-04-01T02:28:25+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Marketing Has Discovered Neuroscience, But The Results Are More Glitter Than Gold

https://youtu.be/o1huW9RMgkM Marketing has discovered neuroscience and the shiny new product has plenty of style but very little substance. “Neuromarketing” is lighting up the eyes of advertising executives and lightening the wallets of public relations companies. It promises to target the unconscious desires of consumers, which are supposedly revealed by measuring the brain. The more [...]

Neuroscience And The Premature Death Of The Soul

Tom Wolfe: his 1996 predictions foreshadowed dubious media stories of neural circuits for infidelity and political orientation. Photograph: Jim Cooper/AP Perhaps Wolfe’s most astute observation was cultural: how the collapse of Freud and Marx had pushed people into using the language of cognitive science for explanations of human behaviour. He also noticed that [...]

By | 2016-02-27T19:46:28+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

10 Unsolved Questions In Neuroscience

Interdiscplinarity forces us to think in new ways. Photograph: Helen Pynor/GV Art Due to its incredible complexity, the brain is an immensely challenging subject of study. The average human brain has about 90 billion neurons that make 100 trillion connections or synapses. Scientists believe this staggering number of neurons is responsible for the [...]

By | 2016-02-22T11:59:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Neuroscience, Free Will Are Rethinking Divorce

Computer artwork of a brain-shaped network of lines and connections. Photo: Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library/Corbis Back in the 1980s, the American scientist Benjamin Libet made a surprising discovery that appeared to rock the foundations of what it means to be human. He recorded people’s brain waves as they made spontaneous finger movements while [...]

By | 2016-02-14T20:58:45+00:00 February 14th, 2016|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments