Enhancing Cognition and Emotions for Learning – Learning & The Brain Conference
Posted Feb 26 2007 12:00am
Alvaro and I had the good fortune to attend a great conference last week called Learning & The Brain: Enhancing Cognition and Emotions for Learning. It was a fascinating mix of neuroscientists and educators talking with and listening to each other. Some topics were meant to be applied today, but many were food for thought – insight on where science and education are headed and how they influence each other.
Using dramatic new imaging techniques, such as fMRIs, PET, and SPECT, neuroscientists are gaining valuable information about learning. This pioneering knowledge is leading not only to new pedagogies, but also to new medications, brain enhancement technologies, and therapies…. The Conference creates an interdisciplinary forum — a meeting place for neuroscientists, educators, psychologists, clinicians, and parents — to examine these new research findings with respect to their applicability in the classroom and clinical practice.
Humans are a mixture of cognition and emotion, and both elements are essential to function and learn properly
Educators and public policy makers need to learn more about the brain, how it grows, and how to cultivate it
Students of all ages need to be both challenged and nurtured in order to succeed
People learn differently – try to teach and learn through as many different modalities as possible (engage language, motor skills, artistic creation, social interaction, sensory input, etc.)
While short-term stress can heighten your cognitive abilities, long term stress kills you — you need to find balance and release
Test anxiety and subsequent poor test results can be improved with behavioral training with feedback based on heart rate variability
Dr. Robert Sapolsky is a very very enlightening and fun speaker
Allow time for rest and consolidation of learned material
Emotional memories are easier to remember
Conferences like these perform a real service in fostering dialogues between scientists and educators