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The Learning Brain (the Great Courses Series)

EDU-968
3 Credits
Online
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EDU-968
3 Credits
Online
No Ratings

Dive into the neuroscience of learning and learn how to maximize the learning mechanisms in your brain and your students' brains! Explore the current brain research findings on psychological and neural mechanisms that work together in the process of learning and memory in the human brain to make you a more effective learner and teacher. You will learn about explicit learning, implicit learning, specific learning disorders, the connection between sleep and memory, ADHD, fluid intelligence, the effects of stress and emotion on learning, and the factors that influence how children learn. You will explore cutting-edge neuroscience research on how learning takes place at the cellular level, how to expand working memory, and perhaps even increase intelligence. Your guide through this process is Dr. Thad Polk from the University of Michigan, named to Princeton Review's list of the Best 300 Professors in the United States. Through his lectures he aims to take his knowledge from his extensive research of the brain and make it practical and applicable for those desiring to advance their own learning or the learning of others.

Rob Carey

Instructor
I believe that teachers are the backbone of society, and that education plays a major role in shaping a culture’s values. I made a career change to education after four years of active duty in the army and two years working in aircraft. For the past 25-30 years, I have had the privilege of teaching in a variety of settings in public and private schools, charter schools, and over half of my career teaching overseas in international settings. My educational interests include integrated curriculum development, art instruction, classroom climate, teacher care, educational technology, and Biblical integration.