The last decade or so has seen Neuroscience take a more prominent seat at the education table than ever before. As neuroscience research compiles ever greater evidence of how the brain learns and processes information, some argue that their results should form the basis of educational reform. While a well-organized cooperation of neuroscientists and trained educators could lead to improved literacy skills and overall improved learning for all students, there is a catch. More often than not, educators tend to take a single eye-catching or too-good-to-be-true result from a research paper and run with it. Doing so, in absence of a paper’s original context, can lead to unexpected negative results.
The brain is the hub for processing every single aspect of the world around us. Neuroscientists who research brain function have been improving our understanding of these processes for years. By focusing on developing lasting connections between neuroscientists and educators this knowledge can be leveraged to help everyone.
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