News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education

Aging and Decision-Making: A Neuroanatomical Approach

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | January 9, 2018

Diminished decision-making appears to be linked not just to a number (your age) but to specific changes in gray matter volume in certain brain areas.

New K-5 Lesson Plans Now Available

by Amanda Bastone

Dana Foundation Blog | December 8, 2017

New free lesson plans about the brain are now available for teachers and students! Each lesson plan has an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and an interactive activity that allows students to get hands-on with how the brain works. The lesson plans also include student objectives and background information, and are paired with relevant Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives fact sheets (for 3rd to 5th grade students).

Paula Croxson Receives SfN 2017 Science Educator Award

by Nicky Penttila

Dana Foundation Blog | November 14, 2017

Each year, the Society for Neuroscience recognizes outstanding neuroscientists who have strongly added to public education and awareness about the field. The Dana Foundation sponsors these awards. This year’s award was presented to Paula Croxson, D.Phil., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, during the society’s annual meeting, in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

The Truth About Research on Screen Time

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | November 6, 2017

There’s no shortage of articles warning of the negative effects of screen time on kids’ development, but what does the research actually say? Experts weigh in, in our new Briefing Paper.

How We Decide: The Neuronal Reward Signal

by Wolfram Schultz

The Dana Foundation | November 1, 2017

Using electrophysiologic measures of neuronal activity, researchers testing theories of reward and decision-making have found neuronal mechanisms in circuits including dopamine neurons, the striatum, the frontal cortex, and the amygdala that reflect reward and decisions. One in our series of Reports on Progress.

The Illusion of the Perfect Brain Enhancer

by Emiliano Santarnecchi, Ph.D., and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.

Cerebrum | September 18, 2017

Many questions loom over transcranial direct current stimulation. The authors examine its potential and pitfalls.

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Structural Connectivity Sets the Stage for Later Reasoning Ability

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | September 12, 2017

New study suggests that the tighter two specific brain regions are woven together by white-matter tracts in childhood, the better one’s performance will be on a reasoning task in adulthood.

What’s in a Name?

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

September 1, 2017

Many teachers who work with children have learned that presenting material in small blocks, interspersed with other activities, even physical activities, leads to much better results. Our monthly column for Brain in the News.

The Sleeping Brain Can Learn

by Diana Kwon

The Scientist | August 8, 2017

Humans can remember new sensory information presented during REM sleep, but this ability is suppressed during deep, slow-wave slumber.

The Brain’s Emotional Development

by Nim Tottenham

Cerebrum | July 18, 2017

New research is helping scientists learn about areas of the brain that are crucial to emotional development, and how our surroundings fit into the picture.

Different Types of Music May Aid Stroke Recovery

by Kayt Sukel

Dana Foundation | June 28, 2017

Building on work showing that listening to music helps speed peoples’ recovery from stroke, researchers find that that peppy song you love triggers different brain areas than unfamiliar music.

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

by Anya Kamenetz

NPR | June 12, 2017

Fairmont Neighborhood School in the South Bronx is adopting science-based techniques to empower and nuture their students.

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