For Edtech to Actually Work, it has to Embrace NeuroscienceSpread the loveIn the growing world of educational technology, the question is often explored whether these applications work for students. The answer is, they can when they take into account how people learn. Products designed with the understanding of the cognitive mind will outperform their competitors. What do edtech developers actually need to consider to succeed? The Science of Learning Neuroscience is the study of how the human nervous system develops, its structure, and function. The subcategories of computational, cognitive, cultural, linguistic and developmental neuroscience focus on different pathways in learning. We can derive a greater understanding of how our […]3
Why Neuroscience Should Drive Personalized LearningSpread the loveWhile personalized learning is a growing market, we have long looked to how the mind works to inform education. The biggest problem with this practice has been the propagation of myths and misinformation. However, new research and focus on how the mind actually works can dispel the false ideas which hinder the progress of personalized education. What does this mean for individual learning? Teachers and parents can help students succeed through new technology and methods which are supported by science. Applying verified ideas to personalized education can help students advance, and teachers make a real impact. For these […]1
Taking a deep look into animalsAdvances in neuroscience research and microscopy: a collaborative project driven by researchers of the Max Perutz Labs Vienna, a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, and the TU Wien (Vienna) allows researchers to look deep into organs and nervous systems of animals, ranging from squids and worms to fish and salamanders.
Minerva Neurosciences' stock plummets after schizophrenia treatment disappoints in phase 3 studyShares of Minerva Neurosciences Inc. plummeted 67% toward a 7-month low in morning trading Friday, enough to pace all Nasdaq losers, after the biopharmaceutical company announced disappointing results from a phase 3 trial of its schizophrenia treatment. The company said the trial of Roluperidone (MIN-101) failed to meet its primary endpoint of reduction in negative symptoms, and key secondary endpoints of improvement in personal and social performance measurements. Minerva said the 64 milligram and 32 milligram doses "were not statistically significantly different from placebo" at week 2 on the primary endpoint. "Even though this study didn't achieve its primary and key secondary endpoints, primarily due to a larger than expected placebo effect at Week 12, results obtained with the 64 mg dose including the early onset of effect and functional improvement as measured by PSP suggest roluperidone merits continued investigation for the treatment of primary negative symptoms," said Chief Executive Remy Luthringer. "We intend to consult with the US FDA about the next steps in the development of roluperidone for this indication after we complete the analysis of the study data." The stock has lost now lost 37% year to date, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF has gained 9.6% and the S&P 500 has shed 6.7%.
Study of Cantonese lexical tone shows language evolution possibly linked to genesA research group led by Professor Patrick Chun Man Wong, Stanley Ho Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, recruited more than 400 native speakers of Cantonese for a study. The results show that participants with a specific genotype of the ASPM gene are better at perceiving lexical tone in Cantonese, and those without it may improve their abilities through musical training. The research offers clear evidence for the hypothesis that subtle differences in genetic makeup may form the basis of languages people speak in different regions of the world. In this case, because most Chinese people have an ASPM genotype that favors lexical tone processing, they adopted lexical tone in their language. The findings were recently published in the journal Science Advances.
5 Examples of How Neuroscience is Affecting EducationSpread the loveThe world of educational technology has a lot of facets to consider. One primary focus is the effect of neuroscience on education. To progress and compete globally, we need to use all possible advantages to give our children a leg up. Here are five examples of how neuroscience is affecting education today. Implementation of New Guidelines School districts and teachers are beginning to take note of the influence small changes can have on learning, thanks to breakthroughs in neuroscience. The push for later start times is supported by a recommendation from the CDC to encourage better sleep patterns […]2
Why Should Your Child Learn to Code? Here's WhySpread the loveI have been championing coding as the language of the future for quite some time now. Surprisingly, many people believe that the idea is rooted in “fake research” and as a result should be ignored. The problem with this argument is the fact that negates all of the neuroscience research that indicates that coding has cognitive benefits for children and adults. I recently ran across this beautiful TED video that illustrates just how powerful coding can be, especially when taught to children. Let me know what you think. If you know of similar resources that I can share […]1
Why do we find Satisfying things so Satisfying? (Neuroscience and Pleasure)First 200 people to use this link https://brilliant.org/WIL/ can get 20% off an annual premium subscription to Brilliant! ▼Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/a58275fd1906/josepheverettwil ▲Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WILearned ▲Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeverettlearned ▲IG: https://www.instagram.com/jeverett.whativelearned/ Books: Jeffrey Schwartz's "Brain Lock" - https://amzn.to/2VP0dKI Jaak Panksepp's "Affective Neuroscience" - https://amzn.to/3f3fv5U Anjan Chatterjee's "The Aesthetic Brain" - https://amzn.to/3bTQGre Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's "Flow" - https://amzn.to/2WaIfkH Gregory Bern's "Satisfaction!" - https://amzn.to/2SmmfSL --- I actually started out working on this video with the aim to understand why "oddly satisfying" videos are satisfying. I figured the first step with that was to figure out why *anything* is satisfying. Since we call a lot of things satisfying, this was harder than I expected. When things are in perfect sync it's satisfying, when things are in perfect order is satisfying, it's satisfying when you are arranging your new living room and then the short square table you have fits perfectly between your two sofas and the surface of the table is flush with both sofa's arm rests. (Fun fact: in Japanese, you just say "feels good" (kimochi ii) for things like this) Unsurprisingly, there's not much research on the concept of "satisfying." Then I started looking into why we find things pleasurable. Jaak Panksepp says that things that are pleasurable are *biologically useful* . So it was even more curious that things seemingly irrelevant to keeping us alive should make us feel good. This video is the result of cobbling a bit of logic with information from books on Satisfaction, neuroscience, 'what the brain finds beautiful' as well as various research papers on the brain. I hope it's satisfying. (If editing videos didn't take so gotham long, this video would be about an hour) I still plan on making a "why oddly satisfying videos are satisfying" video at some point. I'd rather not dig through tiktok for asmr and slime videos just yet so it'll be a little while before that's done --- Link to PDF of Script with Links to sources: https://www.patreon.com/posts/36551819 Warm Thanks to Eliana Vassena (her paper "Overlapping Neural Systems Represent Cognitive Effort and Reward Anticipation" appears at 5:18) she took the time to answer various questions I had about her papers and research. For Business inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org