Brain Awareness Week
March 15-21, 2010
Purpose: Keep readers informed about learning orientation and neuroscientific research and the application of these theories to instructional models, design, and technology. This whole-person approach highlights the importance of emotions (affective) and intentions (conative) on learning, in addition to social and cognitive aspects to mass-customize and personalize learning. This newsletter (online version) appears at: http://training.trainingplace.com/newsletter/mar2010.htm. The newsletter index appears at: http://training.trainingplace.com/newsletter/index.htm.
|1. INTRODUCTION||2. BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK||3. LEARNING ORIENTATION RESEARCH|
|4. CURRENT TOPIC: NEUROMODULATION||5. PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS||6. UPCOMING TOPICS|
It has been awhile, but the Learning Orientation Newsletter is back after several years. This newsletter presents recent educational and neuroscience research advances to highlight implications for educators and educational research. The special topics for this newsletter are NEUROMODULATION AND NEUROTRANSMITTERS. The purpose is to describe the research that explores how neuromodulation affects learning, memory and performance. Recent advances in the neuroscience are revealing the fascinating complexities that influence how each of use our brains to learn.
"In neuroscience, neuromodulation is the process in which several classes of neurotransmitters in the nervous system regulate diverse populations of neurons (one neuron uses different neurotransmitters to connect to several neurons). ...neuromodulatory transmitters secreted by a small group of neurons diffuse through large areas of the nervous system, having an effect on multiple neurons [Learning!]. Examples of neuromodulators include dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, histamine and others." -- Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuromodulation
2. BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK
Brain Awareness Week? Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an
inspirational global campaign that unites those who share
an interest in elevating public awareness about the
progress and benefits of brain and nervous system
BAW focuses international attention on the field of neuroscience and offers opportunities for teachers and students to engage in fun educational activities. From dynamic classroom presentations and laboratory tours to enlightening museum exhibits and public lectures, BAW activities...
takes place each year in March, neuroscience education
and outreach is encouraged year-round. Navigate SfN's resources to learn more about the campaign
and to assist in the planning of a new activity.
The Dana Alliances also provide BAW partners with a wide-range of resources and services to assist them in planning and implementing their BAW events. Follow the Dana Alliances link to take advantage of the many tools available to you as a partner in the BAW campaign.
3. LEARNING ORIENTATION RESEARCH
describes a few of the ongoing research studies using the Learning Orientation
Questionnaire (LOQ). The LOQ is a 25-item online survey and is
free to researchers doing university-based research
projects. In the studies mentioned below, the goal has
been to use this understanding of the audience
(differentiated by learning orientation) to modify
research design and analysis, support and evaluate
learning and performance progress, or guide the design
and development of the environment and learning
If you are interested in using the LOQ for university-based research purposes, read more information at: http://www.trainingplace.com/source/research/loqadmin.html
The purpose of this section is to review some of the diverse writings about neuromodulation and neurotransmitters and consider ideas that seem useful in understanding individual learning differences, especially how the brain's chemical activity impacts learning. This section promotes the importance of neuromodulation and neurotransmitter to better understand the combined emotional, social, conative and cognitive influences on learning, memory and performance. "A neuromodulator is a relatively new concept in the field, and it can be conceptualized as a neurotransmitter that is not reabsorbed by the pre-synaptic neuron or broken down into a metabolite. Such neuromodulators end up spending a significant amount of time in the CSF (cerebrospinal fluid), influencing (or modulating) the overall activity level of the brain. For this reason, some neurotransmitters are also considered as neuromodulators. Examples of neuromodulators in this category are serotonin and acetylcholine." -- Wikipedia More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuromodulation
a. Neurotransmitters' Role In Memory And Learning
b. Genetic variation in dopaminergic neuromodulation influences the ability to rapidly and flexibly adapt decisions (Krugel, Biele, etal, 2009)
c. Neuromodulation of Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity, Learning, and Memory by Noradrenaline (Gelinas, Nguyen, 2007)
d. Brain Development. (Society for Neuroscience, 2009)
e. Neurotransmitter systems involved in learning and memory in the rat: a meta-analysis based on studies of four behavioral tasks
5. PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCES AND PUBLICATIONS
a. Daniel Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation. On TedTalks, career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward. His Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose theme is also reflect in the Learning Orientation Construct.
b. Arts and Neurosciences is an electronic journal aiming to propose a new perspective on empirical studies of aesthetic experience and plastic as well as performative arts, such as cinema, photography, music, dance, comics, video and painting. More at: http://www.arts-neurosciences.org/Home.html
c. Learning and the Brain Conferences and Summer Institutes.
d. SharpBrains announces the new annual Brain Fitness Innovation Awards, designed to foster innovation and best practice sharing by celebrating outstanding pioneers who apply neuroplasticity-based research and tools in the "real world". The awards will recognize organizations that are devising and implementing results-oriented and scalable initiatives that demonstrate their commitment to the brain fitness of their clients, members, patients, students or employees, and showcase innovative uses of non-invasive tools to improve cognitive and emotional functions and "real-world" outcomes.
e. The Training Place, Inc. announces workshops. More information at: http://www.trainingplace.com/source/index.html#seminars
6. UPCOMING TOPICS: LATENT INHIBITION AND PERSONALIZED LEARNING.
The next newsletter will highlight latent inhibition. What is it, how can we use this research and what this can mean for more successful personalized learning in the future. Personalization models consider key sources for individual learning differences and the choices learners will make. In the last ten years, discoveries in the neurosciences have revealed the extraordinary complexities of brain activity when interacting dynamically with Replica Rolex Day-Date Watches Online fake rolex Buy rolex sea dweller replica Swiss Rolex Yacht-Master Replicas With Good Quality and Fast Shipping the learning ecosystem. These discoveries highlight more than the cognitive element. They explore the dominant impact of emotions, intentions, and social factors on learning and how learners make choices. Follow this research at: http://www.trainingplace.com/source/research/index.html and http://learningorientation.ning.com/
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