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Helping bridge neuroscience and education: 30+ experts debunk the theory of fixed, rigid “learning styles”


No evi­dence to back idea of learn­ing styles (OpEd in The Guardian co-authored by 30+ neu­ro­sci­en­tists and psy­chol­o­gists):

There is wide­spread inter­est among teach­ers in the use of neu­ro­sci­en­tif­ic research find­ings in edu­ca­tion­al prac­tice. How­ev­er, there are also mis­con­cep­tions and myths that are sup­pos­ed­ly based on sound neu­ro­science that are preva­lent in our schools. We wish to draw atten­tion to this prob­lem by focus­ing on an edu­ca­tion­al prac­tice sup­pos­ed­ly based on neu­ro­science that lacks suf­fi­cient evi­dence Read the rest of this entry »

Debunking popular brain myths

person_headThree Myths About the Brain (The New York Times):

Myths about the brain typ­i­cal­ly arise in this fash­ion: An intrigu­ing exper­i­men­tal result gen­er­ates a plau­si­ble if spec­u­la­tive interpretation…that is lat­er overex­tend­ed or dis­tort­ed (we use only 10% of our brain). The car­i­ca­ture ulti­mate­ly infil­trates pop cul­ture and takes on a life of its own, quite inde­pen­dent from the facts that spawned it…

Anoth­er such myth is the idea that the left and right hemi­spheres of the brain are fun­da­men­tal­ly dif­fer­ent…”

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Update: Let’s debunk 32 neuromyths…do we only use 10% of our brain?

Time for Sharp­Brains’ Novem­ber 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing lat­est sci­ence, tools and think­ing to upgrade brain health. Before we start, do you believe these 32 neu­romyths? Do we only use 10% of our brain?

New Sci­ence:

New Tools:

New Think­ing:

Final­ly, a request to  reporters, ana­lysts and blog­gers read­ing this. As we’re prepar­ing to release a major mar­ket report, we’d like to ensure you are in our Media List. If you’re inter­ested in brain health & inno­va­tion and want to be noti­fied as soon as the report becomes avail­able, please Fill This Form and let us know a bit about the publication/s you are writ­ing for. Thank you!

Do you believe these neuromyths? Do we only use 10% of our brain?

brain myths and facts

Cour­tesy of the recent study Neu­romyths in edu­ca­tion: Preva­lence and pre­dic­tors of mis­con­cep­tions among teach­ers, by Sanne Dekker et al, here you have 32 brain-relat­ed state­ments. Are they cor­rect or incor­rect?

  1. We use our brains 24 h a day (C ).
  2. Chil­dren must acquire their native lan­guage before a sec­ond lan­guage is learned. If they do not do so nei­ther lan­guage will be ful­ly acquired (I).
  3. Boys have big­ger brains than girls (C ). Read the rest of this entry »

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