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Brains That Fire Together Wire Together 

A 2023 study revealed that while learning, the brains of students and teachers looked remarkably similar.

March 15, 2024

When researchers used neural imaging technology on students and teachers as they learned together, they caught a fascinating glimpse of how brains can converge around a shared understanding.

What’s the practical takeaway? Stronger “brain synchrony” between peers—and between students and teachers—predicted better academic performance on follow-up tests, underscoring the importance of expertise and the role of direct instruction, while also suggesting potential for more value from peer-to-peer and social learning.

To read the research cited in the video, check out the links below:

To learn more about 2023’s most compelling research findings for educators, visit The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2023.

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