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Wes Bolton

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say - The Wa... - 83 views

    "To cognitive neuroscientists, Handscombe's experience is the subject of great fascination and growing alarm. Humans, they warn, seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia."
    Washington Post article on how the internet is impacting our ability to read and concentrate.
Diego J. Vigueras Gonzalez

Science: A New Map of the Human Brain - - 74 views

    Not Left and Right brains -not cientific Evidence-, but four different brains
Carla Berryman

GoNoodle - 13 views

    Great 3-5 minute long brain break activities!
Jon Tanner

Brainy Approaches to Learning | Students at the Center - 65 views

    Brain research about learning and how to be student-centered.
Martin Burrett

The Great Brain Experiment - 75 views

    This is a fun Android and Apple app from University College London were players complete a range of games to exercise the brain cells and provide researchers with real, but anonymous data to use in their study.
Roland Gesthuizen

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games | Video on - 61 views

    Who Knew!
    "How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask. Daphne Bavelier studies how the brain adapts to changes in experience, either by nature or by training."
Steven Szalaj

BBC News - Active brain 'keeps dementia at bay' - 37 views

    Results of a study published in Neurology that adds weight to the idea that dementia onset can be delayed by lifestyle factors such as reading writing, exercise and diet.
Kris Cody

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific A... - 102 views

  • prevented them from zooming out to see a neighborhood, state or country
    • Monica Williams-Mitchell
      This explains, in real terms, why I've had so much struggle with online reading! Very interesting article.
  • Because of these preferences—and because getting away from multipurpose screens improves concentration—people consistently say that when they really want to dive into a text, they read it on paper
    • Kris Cody
      This is backed up by a recent article: Faris, Michael J., and Stuart A. Selber. "E-Book Issues In Composition: A Partial Assessment And Perspective For Teachers." Composition Forum 24.(2011): ERIC. Web. 31 Mar. 2013.
  • Surveys and consumer reports also suggest that the sensory experiences typically associated with reading—especially tactile experiences—matter to people more than one might assume.
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  • When reading a paper book, one can feel the paper and ink and smooth or fold a page with one's fingers; the pages make a distinctive sound when turned; and underlining or highlighting a sentence with ink permanently alters the paper's chemistry.
  • discernible size, shape and weight.
  • Although many old and recent studies conclude that people understand what they read on paper more thoroughly than what they read on screens, the differences are often small. Some experiments, however, suggest that researchers should look not just at immediate reading comprehension, but also at long-term memory.
  • When taking the quiz, volunteers who had read study material on a monitor relied much more on remembering than on knowing, whereas students who read on paper depended equally on remembering and knowing.
  • E-ink is easy on the eyes because it reflects ambient light just like a paper book, but computer screens, smartphones and tablets like the iPad shine light directly into people's faces.
  • the American Optometric Association officially recognizes computer vision syndrome.
  • People who took the test on a computer scored lower and reported higher levels of stress and tiredness than people who completed it on paper.
  • Although people in both groups performed equally well on the READ test, those who had to scroll through the continuous text did not do as well on the attention and working-memory tests.
  • Subconsciously, many people may think of reading on a computer or tablet as a less serious affair than reading on paper. Based on a detailed 2005 survey of 113 people in northern California, Ziming Liu of San Jose State University concluded that people reading on screens take a lot of shortcuts—they spend more time browsing, scanning and hunting for keywords compared with people reading on paper, and are more likely to read a document once, and only once.
  • When reading on screens, people seem less inclined to engage in what psychologists call metacognitive learning regulation—strategies such as setting specific goals, rereading difficult sections and checking how much one has understood along the way
  • Perhaps she and her peers will grow up without the subtle bias against screens that seems to lurk in the minds of older generations.
  • They think of using an e-book, not owning an e-book,"
  • Participants in her studies say that when they really like an electronic book, they go out and get the paper version.
  • When it comes to intensively reading long pieces of plain text, paper and ink may still have the advantage. But text is not the only way to read.
    it is difficult to see any one passage in the context of the entire text.
    it is difficult to see any one passage in the context of the entire text.
Steven Szalaj

Your Phone vs. Your Heart - - 3 views

    How our face-to-face time creates in us the ability to sympathize and grow our relationships, and how not being "present" with those whom we are physically present is a detriment.
Michael Sheehan

Learning Never Stops: RSA Animate - Thought Provoking Videos - 4 views

    A thought provoking video collection on economics, education, and human behavior. Could be used in high school and college level courses to promote class discussion.
Jac Londe

Blink if your brain needs a rest - 29 views

  • Why do we spend roughly 10 percent of our waking hours with our eyes closed - blinking far more often than is actually necessary to keep our eyeballs lubricated? Scientists have pried open the answer to this mystery
  • While telling a lie, liars have been found to blink less - possibly because the act of deception requires rapt and uninterrupted attention to pull it off. In the seconds after telling a lie, however, the liar will blink far more frequently than a truth-teller. Perhaps the resulting downtime is necessary for the liar to consider whether the deceived person was buying the fib - or whether it was worth telling in the first place. 

Stop Telling Your Students To "Pay attention!" | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Tea... - 194 views

  • ive students a stand up break of 30-90 seconds (the “pause”) to give them mental processing time for the content.
  • “Fast writes” develop focus (save the editing for later).
    This article is pretty cool! Good find!
Martin Burrett

Axon - 55 views

    A logic science game designed to teach about neutrons and the brain. Connect the neutrons to score points a micrometre at a time.
Kris Cody

WPR Program - At Issue with Ben Merens - 0 views

    A radio program that looks at multi-tasking and its effects. About 2/3 of the way through, it gives an example that came out of Stanford of giving standardized tests to top students and letting them multi-task, vs. average students and not letting them multi-task. The second tier students outperformed the top students!
Caitlin Cahill

When Gaming Is Good for You - - 2 views

  • Other studies have found an association between compulsive gaming and being overweight, introverted and prone to depression
    • Caitlin Cahill
      The key to this statement is the "compulsive" gaming. Anything done to a compulsive or addictive level is unhealthy.
  • The violent action games that often worry parents most had the strongest beneficial effect on the brain.
  • In contrast, using cellphones, the Internet, or computers for other purposes had no effect on creativity,
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  • A three-year study of 491 middle school students found that the more children played computer games the higher their scores on a standardized test of creativity—regardless of race, gender, or the kind of game played.
Brianna Crowley

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction - - 6 views

  • The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated. Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto (and a published novelist), has proposed that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that “runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers.” Fiction — with its redolent details, imaginative metaphors and attentive descriptions of people and their actions — offers an especially rich replica. Indeed, in one respect novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people’s thoughts and feelings.
    Science is supporting the idea of descriptive, narrative passages as providing different brain stimulation from simply nonfiction or informative reading. 
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