Learning Research

Can a Neuroscience Video Game Treat ADHD?

On the homepage of the health technology company Akili Interactive, there sits an intriguing line of copy: “Time to Play Your Medicine.”

Research Uncovers An Important Link Between SEL and Course Outcomes

To Sam Moulton, Director of Research for Panorama Education, a student failing a course is a wailing siren, signaling deep academic and personal challenges.

Using Neuroscience to Launch a Research-Informed School Schedule

It is 8 p.m. and Sam is sitting down for the first time in hours after a long day at school, which was followed by play practice; she is Liesel in the upcoming performance of “The Sound of Music.” After leaving school at 5 p.m., she had a two-hour soccer practice, a brief dinner with her family and a shower.

I’m a Neuroscientist. Here’s How Teachers Change Kids’ Brains.

Teachers change brains. While we often don’t think of ourselves as brain changers, when we teach we have an enormous impact on our students’ cognitive development. Recent advances in educational neuroscience are helping educators understand the critical role we play in building brain capacities important to students’ learning and self-control.

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The Science of Empathy: What Researchers Want Teachers to Know

There’s a lot we don’t know about how the brain works. But scientists are finding out more everyday. And one maybe surprising thing experts are saying these days is that empathy pretty seriously affects our ability to learn.

Reading Fuels Empathy. Do Screens Threaten That?

Reading changes our brains. Beyond allowing humans to gather and synthesize new information, research shows it is key to cultivating empathy in individuals, too. One study finds this to be particularly true for fictional stories, which allow readers to imagine themselves as other people, in other worlds, with different ideas and challenges.

Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How.

As anyone who’s ever spent hours hunched over Candy Crush can attest, there’s something special about games. Sure they’re fun, but they can also be absorbing, frustrating, challenging and complex.

Social-Emotional Learning Matters... for Students AND Teachers

It’s Tuesday morning at 11:30 AM, and Lauren is trembling with emotion in front of her 16 kindergarteners. At the same time, she’s looking over scripted SEL curriculum about emotional regulation. Just moments prior, one of Lauren’s students had scratched her until she bled and smacked her in the face in front of colleagues. Now, all Lauren can think about is that she can’t possibly cry and let her students see her sadness, embarrassment, and frustration.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Playing Video Games

From high school valedictorian to game company CEO to computer science instructor, all I really needed to know, I’ve learned from video games. With lessons ranging from time management to algorithmic graph search, here are three of the games that have influenced me the most, and what I’ve learned from playing each of them.Final FantasyMin-maxing is a resource-management term used often in terms of gaming strategy. It is the process of maximizing results while minimizing resources spent.

The ABCs of SEL (or, the Impact of Social-Emotional Learning)

Historically, students have been evaluated primarily on the basis of test scores and subject matter mastery. These factors remain relevant, of course. But now that we can better measure facets of SEL, how can we integrate data from students' social-emotional lives with data from their academic lives to better understand and support the whole child? More specifically, how is SEL associated with attendance, behavior and course performance (ABC)—and how do these associations vary across student demographics or educational contexts?

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