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Resources on Learning and the Brain

Browse a list of articles, videos, and other links for exploring the connection between education and neuroscience.

October 25, 2011 Updated March 4, 2016
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Understanding How Brains Develop and Learn

Applying Neuroscience in the Classroom


Social and Emotional Learning and the Brain


Brain-Based Student-Engagement Strategies


Brain-Friendly Assessment Practices

Neuroscience and the Common Core


Research on How the Brain Works

  • Neuromyths and Edu-Ca$h-In: Vetting the "Expert" Claims: Use these guidelines to evaluate educational marketing claims about “brain-based” products. (Edutopia, 2016)
  • The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education: Learn what neuroscience research has to say about the right/left brain, learning styles, and the idea that we use only ten percent of our brains. (Edutopia, 2015)
  • Why Curiosity Enhances Learning: Read about a neurological study that has demonstrated that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning. (Edutopia, 2014)
  • Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention: Discover how neuroscience research can inform effective interventions for dyslexia. (Edutopia, 2014)
  • Neuroscience and the Bilingual Brain: Follow neuroscientific research that suggests that children who grow up bilingual develop better focus and judgment. (Edutopia, 2012)
  • The Neuroscience Behind Exercise and Math Ability: Explore takeaways from a study that looked at the relationship between exercise and math ability. (Edutopia, 2015)
  • The Benefits of a Mental Break: Learn about a 2012 study that demonstrated the advantages of taking brain breaks. (Edutopia, 2015)


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