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RE: [xmca] Neuroscience connections to learning and relearning

Thanks Mike... :-) 
	In general I like Goswami's work; I find her discussion of
neuromyths compelling and have had my grad students do additional
research on some of them. I am also particularly interested in ways to
try to negotiate across different fields. I've attached my favorite
Goswami and a nice intro to neuroeducation. 
	As a side note: Monica (Hansen, who frequently shows up on the
list serve and is one of my doc students) and I took a neuroscience
journal club/ seminar last spring and found ourselves trying to make
sense of the work that is done with regard to education. We are taking
another seminar right now and some of the folks who were in last year's
class are presenting journal articles in their field, but are trying to
make the links to human experience, particularly education. It's been
interesting to discover how open minded the students and faculty are...
one of the computational neuroscience faculty has taken up some Vygotsky
reading as well as neuroeducation... of course Luria's work is a door
opener and a point of mutual interest.

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On Behalf Of Mike Cole
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:41 AM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: 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
education, or human experience, as a culturally mediated, co-constructed
process. Do you have a favorite general ref you could point us to that
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
> with regard to cellular learning... the nice thing about the summary
> it gives you an overview of learning at the cellular basis... very
> and easy to understand. Plus an introduction to astrocytes... :-)
> The second piece actually discusses re-learning, which has been a
> lately.
> What I personally find so interesting is the role of experience in
> learning and relearning... I found myself thinking back to Shirley
> 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 --
> 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
> 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
> University of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene
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