News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education

Connecting the Dots: New Insights into Creativity and the Brain

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | April 24, 2018

“Ordinary” mental processes combine in unexpected ways across the brain when we are tapping our creativity.

New Study Questions Confidence in Neurogenesis in the Adult Brain

by Moheb Costandi

The Dana Foundation | March 7, 2018

Newborn neurons are plenty in tissue samples of infants, but fall away quickly in childhood, according to new UCSF study.

Seeking Clues to Criminality in the Brain

by Carl Sherman

The Dana Foundation | February 22, 2018

With improved imaging and using new maps of the connections in the brain, researchers find anatomical suggestions that a particular circuit is altered in some people who commit crimes.

Aging and Decision-Making: A Neuroanatomical Approach

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | January 9, 2018

Diminished decision-making appears to be linked not just to a number (your age) but to specific changes in gray matter volume in certain brain areas.

New K-5 Lesson Plans Now Available

by Amanda Bastone

Dana Foundation Blog | December 8, 2017

New free lesson plans about the brain are now available for teachers and students! Each lesson plan has an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and an interactive activity that allows students to get hands-on with how the brain works. The lesson plans also include student objectives and background information, and are paired with relevant Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives fact sheets (for 3rd to 5th grade students).

Paula Croxson Receives SfN 2017 Science Educator Award

by Nicky Penttila

Dana Foundation Blog | November 14, 2017

Each year, the Society for Neuroscience recognizes outstanding neuroscientists who have strongly added to public education and awareness about the field. The Dana Foundation sponsors these awards. This year’s award was presented to Paula Croxson, D.Phil., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, during the society’s annual meeting, in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

The Truth About Research on Screen Time

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | November 6, 2017

There’s no shortage of articles warning of the negative effects of screen time on kids’ development, but what does the research actually say? Experts weigh in, in our new Briefing Paper.

How We Decide: The Neuronal Reward Signal

by Wolfram Schultz

The Dana Foundation | November 1, 2017

Using electrophysiologic measures of neuronal activity, researchers testing theories of reward and decision-making have found neuronal mechanisms in circuits including dopamine neurons, the striatum, the frontal cortex, and the amygdala that reflect reward and decisions. One in our series of Reports on Progress.

The Illusion of the Perfect Brain Enhancer

by Emiliano Santarnecchi, Ph.D., and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.

Cerebrum | September 18, 2017

Many questions loom over transcranial direct current stimulation. The authors examine its potential and pitfalls.

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Structural Connectivity Sets the Stage for Later Reasoning Ability

by Kayt Sukel

The Dana Foundation | September 12, 2017

New study suggests that the tighter two specific brain regions are woven together by white-matter tracts in childhood, the better one’s performance will be on a reasoning task in adulthood.

What’s in a Name?

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

September 1, 2017

Many teachers who work with children have learned that presenting material in small blocks, interspersed with other activities, even physical activities, leads to much better results. Our monthly column for Brain in the News.

The Sleeping Brain Can Learn

by Diana Kwon

The Scientist | August 8, 2017

Humans can remember new sensory information presented during REM sleep, but this ability is suppressed during deep, slow-wave slumber.

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