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The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 6: Neuroscience

Expectations of brain research The expectations on brain research have never been greater. The EU and the US gigantic multi-billion projects are only a part of a movement which has made Professor Patrick Aebischer at EPFL and others term the epoch that we now are living in the Century of Brain. The expectation on the result of this movement for more knowledge about how the brain is working is multidimensional. Christer Johansson, Professor of History… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 5: Technology

Watson 2.0 We are now entering a new technological era. The IBM Watson-computer that e.g. won Jeopardy against human grand masters in the competition has been outdated. Since the company is now developing Watson 2.0 that for instance will have the ability to keep on a dialogue with a human according to IBM representatives. The primary skill of a computer is to process enormous amounts of information and in combination with a dialogue function this… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 4: Motivation

Decrease the amount of distractions, individually adapt the course’s content and pedagogical method, and stimulate curiosity and problem solving skills. This is some of the building-blocs to a motivating brain-adapted learning environment according to seven brain-scientists that was interviewed in the daily paper Dagens Nyheter May 15, 2011. They also agree that the result of the brain research should be more commonly used as a basis for pedagogy in practice. To use Daniel Ansaris words,… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 3: Brain gym

Working memory could be described as the ability to keep information accurate during a short time-period and it is also required in order to control the capability of concentration. This ability could be trained. Not only the body must be kept in shape but also the brain must exercise in order to function accurately and to develop. Experiments on adults shows that brain gymnastics can improve the working memory and the concentration capability with up… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 2: Learning

Our senses like sight and hearing, skills like motor skills and memory functions is managed by different parts of the brain. Therefore different forms of training are needed to develop different skills. From this prerequisite Torkel Klingberg, Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm says that “I want to see an improved understanding of where individual differences come from, and how different problems connect to each other.” He hopes that a new field… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 1: Introduction

”I believe that the 21st Century will be the Century of the brain.” Professor Patrick Aebischer, EPFL Both USA and EU have recently launched extraordinary longstanding projects in order to explore the human brain’s functions and how these work together. In particular for the EU initiative information- and communication technology (ICT) is an important tool in the research. The aim besides to build a solid ground for what Professor Aebischer calls ”the Century of the Brain”… Continue reading

From Starwars to Edutopia – George Lucas on Education

The visionary that puts eLearning on the top of the agenda Abstract concepts and isolation is education’s worst enemy, says George Lucas, the producer of the Starwars-movies, one the movie-history’s greatest successes. Lucas profound commitment for educational issues is not that commonly known. We work with computers; we work with film, Lucas said in 1991, let us combine this and create a multimedia tool for learning. From this starting point Lucas founded the non-commercial foundation Edutopia.… Continue reading

Interactive Learning with Animation and Role Play

Research from Uppsala University shows the way Professor Jarmo Rantakokko at Uppsala University examines more methods for interactive learning with focus on interactive animations and role play. One of these pedagogical methods is learning from different scenarios in order for the student to participate in a process virtually. This focusing on to get an understanding of dynamics and how different factors affects a given process and gives the student possibilities to affect the process and… Continue reading

Interactive Learning in a Group

Research from Lund University leads the way The opposite of interactive learning is passive learning, which involves observing a learning process or just listens to information. With this background the Lund University researchers Daniel Hellström and Ola Johansson, examine methods to make passive learning more interactive. They identify that one significant problem with interactive learning is that it works poorly in larger groups since there is only one channel in a classroom for response. With… Continue reading