How neuroscience research is transforming education
The world has learned more about the human brain in the past 10
to 15 years than in the rest of recorded history. And that
information is leading to revolutionary changes in how we can each
use our own "individual brain-based computer" to learn
anything much better, faster and more easily. Among the findings
* Each healthy human brain contains a
trillion brain cells, including 100 billion active
nerve cells or neurons, and 900 billion other cells that flue,
nourish and insulate the active cells.
* Each of those active cells can grow up
to 20 dendrites, to store information like branches
on a tree
* From very early in life, the infant
brain can form these new learning connections at the
incredible rate of up to 3 billion a second. Those connections are
the first key to brainpower.
* We each have four brains in one: an
instinctive brain; an emotional brain; a balancing
brain; and the highly-developed human cortex
* The cortex has two sides – your left
"academic" brain; and your right "creative
* Each side is joined by a corpus
callosum which shuttles millions of messages per second
between the left and right sides. The more you use both sides
together the easier it is to learn
* Your brain has many different
"intelligence centers" and each of us can develop those
"multiple intelligences" to build on natural strengths and
strengthen our weaknesses.
* Each brain operates on at least four
separate wavelengths. The wide-awake beta wavelength is
the one we use most effectively when using information we
already know (like driving a car or speaking a language in which
we are fluent). But the alpha wavelength – the wavelength
of "relaxed alertness" – isgenerally better for quickly
learning new information.
* Each one of us is using only a tiny
fraction of our brain's potential.
This highly-abbreviated summary comes from chapter 3 of the
world's best-selling book, The Learning Revolution, by Gordon
Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos.
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