NSCI 10
The Neuroscience of Learning Winter 2022

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An interactive and collaborative exploration of what neuroscience research reveals about how the brain learns and what factors can be influenced to facilitate successful learning. Topics include the neuroscience of attention, emotion, understanding, memory, and executive functions. Students will make connections to building their own learning processes and strategies as well how to apply these to teach others. Students will engage in evaluating primary neuroscience research articles using the medical model to evaluate validity. They will apply their understanding identify valid research related to learning and the brain. Small group discussions about the reading in class will include their interpretations of the research and potential applications to learning strategies and interventions. A final project will be a class presentation, on a topic of personal relevance to each student, where they will use the strategies they’ve learned about and experienced to promote learning in their classmates.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: no preference
Unit Notes: Dr. Judy Willis combined her 15 years as a board-certified practicing neurologist with ten subsequent years as a classroom teacher to become a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. Dr. Willis has written nine books and more than 100 articles for professional journals applying neuroscience research to successful teaching strategies. Dr. Willis travels nationally and internationally doing presentations on how the brain learns best.
Materials/Lab Fee: none
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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