It’s Not a Quiz! It’s Retrieval Practice!
Few words stimulate greater anxiety in students than "We're going to have a quiz today." Most of us can remember that feeling of being unprepared when a pop quiz was announced. What most of us don't realize, including many teachers, is how important a role quizzes can play in the learning process.
Noodle Some Noodles
Today is National Noodle Day, and we’ve created a noodle puzzle to get you noodling some noodles. Can you follow the spaghetti noodle paths and see which noodles will end
Problem-Solving in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Whether you call it RtI, MTSS or something else, the underlying principle is the same. It’s all about problem-solving – about getting to the root of the problem, and finding
Research Continues to Show Link Between Media Violence and Aggressive Behavior
Research continues to add to the already strong evidence of the impact of media violence on aggressive behavior. A recent study looked at teens and concluded that teens with high
Closing the Achievement Gap by Closing the Cognitive Gap: A Matter of Equity
As educators and education policymakers seek to understand and remedy the achievement gaps, much attention is paid to the concept of equity. A variety of inequities have been identified as impediments to students having the opportunity to achieve their potential. Disparities in per-pupil spending, teacher experience, and technology and other resources are well-documented and top of mind. A less visible disparity, and one that connects directly to student learning is highlighted by contemporary neuroscience research—cognitive development.
The Brain Connections Involved in Procrastination
Researchers have discovered that people who procrastinate tend to have larger amygdalae (the structure in the brain associated with fear) and weaker connections between the amygdala and the part of the brain that regulates the recognition of salience of fear and initiation.
Cognitive Training: Questions Frequently Asked by Skeptics
There continues to be controversy regarding cognitive training (sometimes called brain training) programs, and there continue to be many skeptics. As the developer of the most researched, comprehensive, integrated cognitive training program available today, we encourage skepticism. Skepticism is healthy and it also means that the skeptic is open to a variety of possibilities. Here are some comments and questions we often hear from cognitive training skeptics and the way we answer them for BrainWare SAFARI
Brain Games and Brain Training are Different
In the last week, we came across another study that says that neuroscientists have debunked the claims that a brain game results in a brain gain. No kidding!Research scientists seem to be in love with the idea of contradicting the market hype about the value of brain games. And that’s a good thing. There is far too much hype. And too little understanding of the difference between a brain game and serious cognitive training (also called brain-training). Saying that a typical “brain game” can yield measurable cognitive benefit that translates into real-world improvements is like saying that exercising the biceps of your left arm will lead to overall physical fitness.
Implementation of Computer-Based Cognitive Assessment and Cognitive Training with Elementary Students Lagging in Academic Performance
In a textbook implementation of Mindprint and BrainWare at Riverside Elementary in Evans, GA, the overwhelming majority of the students experienced substantial growth in their cognitive skills in multiple areas and all students saw growth in at least some areas. Average growth across all ten of the Mindprint subtests was 21 percentile points.
How Neurons Multitask
Duke University researchers have shown that neurons seem to be capable of carrying more than one signal at a time. They do this, apparently, in much the same way that telecommunications engineers developed rapid switching between pieces of two different messages.