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Re: [xmca] Neuroscience connections to learning and relearning

No one picked up on your interest in neuroeducation, Emily. A lot of what I
read in this area strikes me as almost entirely without any appreciation of
education, or human experience, as a culturally mediated, co-constructed
process. Do you have a favorite general ref you could point us to that you
resonate to??

On Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 8:50 AM, Duvall, Emily <emily@uidaho.edu> wrote:

> I thought some of you might one or both of these article summaries
> interesting. The first really speaks to the new field of neuroeducation
> with regard to cellular learning... the nice thing about the summary is
> it gives you an overview of learning at the cellular basis... very clear
> and easy to understand. Plus an introduction to astrocytes... :-)
> The second piece actually discusses re-learning, which has been a topic
> lately.
> What I personally find so interesting is the role of experience in
> learning and relearning... I found myself thinking back to Shirley Brice
> Heath's work... it would be fun to go back to her work and look at her
> study through a neuroeducation lens.
> 1. Star-shaped Cells In Brain Help With Learning
> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090911132907.htm
> Every movement and every thought requires the passing of specific
> information between networks of nerve cells. To improve a skill or to
> learn something new entails more efficient or a greater number of cell
> contacts. Scientists can now show that certain cells in the brain -- the
> astrocytes -- actively influence this information exchange.
> 2. Forgotten But Not Gone: How The Brain Re-learns
> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081117110834.htm
> Thanks to our ability to learn and to remember, we can perform tasks
> that other living things can not even dream of. However, we are only
> just beginning to get the gist of what really goes on in the brain when
> it learns or forgets something. What we do know is that changes in the
> contacts between nerve cells play an important role. But can these
> structural changes account for that well-known phenomenon that it is
> much easier to re-learn something that was forgotten than to learn
> something completely new?
> ~em
> Emily Duvall, PhD
> Assistant Professor Curriculum & Instruction
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