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Meta-analysis finds value in teaching the science of neuroplasticity, especially for math achievement among at-risk students

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The ‘Brain’ in Growth Mind­set: Does Teach­ing Stu­dents Neu­ro­science Help? (Edu­ca­tion Week):

Teach­ing stu­dents the sci­ence of how their brains change over time can help them see intel­li­gence as some­thing they can devel­op, rather than innate and unchange­able, finds a new analy­sis of 10 sep­a­rate stud­ies online in the jour­nal Trends in Neu­ro­science and Edu­ca­tion.

Teach­ing stu­dents the con­cept of neuroplasticity—the abil­i­ty of the brain to make new neur­al con­nec­tions as a result of experience—is a com­mon tac­tic in help­ing stu­dents devel­op a so-called “growth” rather than “fixed” mind­set … on aver­age, such inter­ven­tions improved stu­dents’ moti­va­tion, they par­tic­u­lar­ly ben­e­fit­ed stu­dents and sub­jects which pri­or stud­ies have shown are at high risk of devel­op­ing a fixed mind­set. Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroengineering pioneer Randal Koene to discuss neural interfaces at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

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Proud to announce one great addi­tion to the incred­i­ble Speak­er Ros­ter for the upcom­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th).

Dr. Ran­dal Koene is the Lead Sci­en­tist at Ker­nel, a $100-mil­lion-fund­ed start-up build­ing advanced neur­al inter­faces to treat dis­ease and dys­func­tion, illu­mi­nate the mech­a­nisms of intel­li­gence, and extend cog­ni­tion. A neu­ro­sci­en­tist and neu­ro­engi­neer, Read the rest of this entry »

Emerging best practices to personalize brain health via new imaging methods and human/ artificial intelligence

This pre­sen­ta­tion took place at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 6–8th, 2016).

–> Learn more about the upcom­ing 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017).

Tough brain teasers, with answers, courtesy of NSA employees

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Accord­ing to NSA’s Puz­zle Peri­od­i­cal, “Intel­li­gence. It’s the abil­i­ty to think abstract­ly. Chal­lenge the unknown. Solve the impos­si­ble. NSA employ­ees work on some of the world’s most demand­ing and exhil­a­rat­ing high-tech engi­neer­ing chal­lenges. Apply­ing com­plex algo­rithms and express­ing dif­fi­cult cryp­to­graph­ic prob­lems in terms of math­e­mat­ics is part of the work NSA employ­ees do every day.”

You can try a cou­ple of their recent, and quite tough, brain teasers here:

More brain teasers, games and illu­sions here.

Book review: Grit is a tool in the toolbox, not the silver bullet

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West Point cadets endure a gru­el­ing lev­el of phys­i­cal exer­tion, emo­tion­al chal­lenge, and social abuse. The stan­dards for com­plet­ing the train­ing are high, as is the dropout rate.

Accord­ing to psy­chol­o­gist Angela Duck­worth, who has stud­ied these cadets, what sets the grad­u­ates apart from those who don’t com­plete the train­ing Read the rest of this entry »

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