How Neuroscience is Changing Teaching

Monday, April 30, 2012

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Everyone had a favorite teacher growing up, but did you ever wonder how that person got you excited about learning? Well, according to new neurological research, it might be because that teacher unknowingly tapped into your brain. Studies show when dopamine was released in the parts of the brain responsible for memory before a fact was taught, those pieces of information were remembered more easily.

John Gabrieli, neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, talks about these and other new results from neuroscience that are shaping the way educators teach. 


John Gabrieli

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

It's OK to acknowledge the role our bodies play in our conscious lives. (The move against this recognition might be a result of the drive to see ourselves as intellects only.) But the body is part of who we are, a unity. Still, the role of the body is sometimes overstated: just because the body plays a role doesn't make it determinative.

Apr. 30 2012 06:03 AM

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