Implications of Neuroscience for Education (video)

PSY 540 Presentation

I prepared the following video, “What Difference Does It Make?” for an introductory neuroscience class, Biological Bases of Behavior. The textbook is the 1,300-page Principles of Neural Science by Kandel, Schwartz, and Jessell. My intention was to highlight seven points, or findings, from neuroscience that have implications for educational theory/practice. These findings include: One difference … Read on …

Implications of Neuroscience for Education

PSY 540 Presentation

What Difference Does it Make? Implications of Neuroscience for Education May 2011. The accompanying video presentation is available here. When I applied to the Educational Psychology graduate program last year, I explained that my academic interests were focused on the question, “Are educational practices consistent with cross-disciplinary knowledge?” As I progressed through the program curriculum, … Read on …

Sleights of Mind Book Signing

Sleights of Mind

Yesterday (February 23, 2011) I attended the book signing and presentation by the authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions — Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde with Sandra Blakeslee. Stephen and Susana have previously publishes articles on the subject of magic and neuroscience in Scientific American … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #12: Creativity

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The twelfth and final episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series aired October 29, focusing on the topic of creativity. Charlie and co-host Eric Kandel welcomed the sculptor Richard Serra, artist Chuck Close, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, and Ann Temkin, curator of the painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #11: The Deciding Brain

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The next-to-last of 12 episodes in this special brain series aired September 30, 2010, and concerned The Deciding Brain. Charlie and Eric Kandel welcomed: William Newsome studies decision-making on the cellular level by exploring the neural processes that mediate visual perception. He is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University and a … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #10: The Disordered Brain

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Episode 10 of the Charlie Rose Brain Series focused on the disordered brain, with discussions about neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Huntington’s disease, and spinal cord injury. With series co-host Eric Kandel, the panel included: (from the available transcript) John Donoghue’s work allowed paralyzed patients to move and communicate using only their thoughts … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #9: Mental Illnesses

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Episode 9 of the Charlie Rose Brain Series focused on major brain/mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. With series co-host Eric Kandel, their panel includes two experts who are also patients: (from the available transcript) Kay Redfield Jamison is a world renowned authority on bipolar disorder, a disease she has struggled with … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #8: Negative Emotions

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“Negative Emotions” is the topic for the 8th in the series, focusing on fear, anxiety, and aggression. With his co-host Eric Kandel, Charlie welcomes the panel: Antonio Damasio’s work has helped us understand emotion, decision making, social behavior, and even consciousness. He is the Dornsife Professor of neuroscience at the University of Southern California and … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #7: The Emotional Brain

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Episode #7 of the special 12-part series on the brain aired on April 21, 2010. To discuss “the emotional brain” with focus on pleasure and addiction, Charlie and co-host Eric Kandel welcomed their panel: Daniel Salzman studies how the brain assigns an emotional value to the information that it receives from the five senses. He … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #6: The Aging Brain

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Episode 6 of the Charlie Rose Brain Series aired March 25. Charlie and his co-host, Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, addressed “The Aging Brain” with their distinguished panel: (from the available transcript) Brenda Milner is one of the pioneers in this field. Her experiments in the 1950s formed the basis for the modern theory of memory. … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #5: The Developing Brain

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The fifth of twelve episodes in the series on the brain aired on February 23. Charlie and co-host Dr. Eric Kandel welcomed a panel of experts to discuss “The Developing Brain”: Elizabeth Spelke, cognitive psychologist at Harvard and director of the laboratory for developmental studies; Patricia Kuhl, professor at the University of Washington, director of … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #4: The Social Brain

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The fourth episode in the Charlie Rose Brain Series aired January 19, 2010. Watch the episode online, with full transcript: http://www.charlierose.com/watch/50028268 Featuring Charlie Rose with Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel. Panelists include: Cornelia Bargmann studies the genetic control of social behavior in simple animals such as worms and flies. She is also a professor at Rockefeller … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #3: The Active Brain

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The third of the Charlie Rose 12-part monthly series on the human brain aired December 22nd. An excerpt (16:48, including the opening introduction) is included below. His guests for the third show, “The Active Brain,” included: Eric Kandel — co-host of the series, 2000 Nobel Laureate (Physiology/Biology), professor, Columbia University Physiology & Cellular Biophysics Daniel … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #2: Visual Perception

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The second of the Charlie Rose 12-part monthly series on the human brain aired November 24th. His guests for the second show, “The Perceiving Brain – Sight and Visual Perception,” included: Eric Kandel — co-host of the series, 2000 Nobel Laureate (Physiology/Biology), professor, Columbia University Physiology & Cellular Biophysics Edward H. Adelson — John and … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #1: Great Mysteries of the Brain

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In late October (2009), Charlie Rose began a 12-part series on the human brain. The second episode is scheduled for airing on PBS stations the week of November 24. According to www.charlierose.com, the topic will be: “The Perceiving Brain – Sight and Visual Perception.” His guests for the first show included: Eric Kandel — co-host … Read on …

Jeff Hawkins Lecture Videos

Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence with Sandra Blakeslee, presented the Oppenheimer lecture in Los Alamos, NM, on July 27, 2009. Watch the clips above, or you can read an edited transcripted here. Visit the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee’s website, and Jeff Hawkins’ Numenta.com site. Some of the key points from Hawkins’ lecture: The … Read on …

Jeff Hawkins Oppenheimer Lecture

Jeff Hawkins

Why can’t a computer be more like a brain? (July 27, 2009) Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence with Sandra Blakeslee, presented the Oppenheimer lecture in Los Alamos, NM, on July 27, 2009. Read an edited transcript below, or watch clips from the lecture here. Visit the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee’s website, and Jeff … Read on …

Christof Koch

Christof Koch

These four demonstrations are excerpts from Christof Koch’s 2005 J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture titled, “The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach.” (Also the name of his 2004 book.) The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture series is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee. These clips illustrate, in Koch’s words: Conscious perception is, in … Read on …

Student Reactions

General Semantics

Following are end-of-semester comments written by students in my General Semantics for Mass Communications Practitioners class, 2005-2008. General semantics is by far the most relevant class I have taken toward my B.S. in Communication Studies. No other class has provoked the amount of interest and relevancy in the scope of human interaction, both interpersonally and … Read on …

TCU, Fall 2008

General Semantics

GS for Mass Communications Practitioners Catalog Description: The application of the principles of General Semantics — how language affects the communication process — to the practice of journalism, advertising, and public relations. Syllabus Overview General Semantics (GS) deals with how we perceive, construct, evaluate and then express  our life experiences through our language-behaviors. This course provides an … Read on …