Why is it that every child today can use iPad but can't solve a simple mathematical equation?
Why do we spend tons of money on education reforms yet still have students who believe Norway and Lapland exist only in fairy tales?
Today, the education process undergoes multiple changes during the course of a student’s learning experience; such as the constant introduction of new technologies into the studying process, the altering testing procedures, and so on. These changes replace more basic, classic education methods such as handwriting, open-answer testing, and using a chalkboard to teach instead of PowerPoint presentations.
Interestingly, these "old school" techniques - NOT the new ones - are strongly correlated with underlying brain processes required for memory formation and consolidation. This three part lecture series aims to bridge the gap between our neuroscience understanding of learning and the application of this knowledge in educational settings.
May 18th - The Neuroscience of Education: Handwriting
June 1st - The Neuroscience of Education: The Testing Effect
June 15th - The Neuroscience of Education: The Distracted Mind
If you are interested in attending, reserve your seat through the RSVP link above!
About Your Speaker
Alex Morin received his BSc degree in Biology in Russia and a MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences in Finland, which was supported by a European Foundation Scholarship. Currently, he is enrolled in a PhD program in Neuroscience organized by the Open University in the UK and the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota, Fl.
Alex’s research is focused on drug discovery against Traumatic Brain Injuries which is a widespread health problem. An important part of his project is to investigate the nature of cognitive functions such as learning, concentration, and memory which are known to be undermined after concussions. Understanding underlying mechanisms of these particular functions sheds light on how to improve a perception and storage of information in our brains. Interestingly, this knowledge can also be applied to educational settings which are often solely based on learning and memorizing, and in the long-term can help improve teaching methods and student performance.
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