Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Title of course:  Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections

Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections



Unit 1: We All Have Different Brains

Antonio Demasio, Kurt Fischer, and John Gabrieli lead a historical journey from Phineas Gage to current imaging technologies.

A Brief History of Neuroscience

Antonio Damasio, Kurt Fischer, Abigail Baird, and John Gabrieli take us on a brief historical journey from phrenology to Phineas Gage to the more complex... (Section 1)

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Electroencephalography—How do we study the brain in real time? The

Tools of Neuroscience: EEG

The noninvasive technologies of neuroscience include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), MEG... (Section 1)

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging—Seeing inside the living brain. The

Tools of Neuroscience: MRI/fMRI

Dr. John Gabrieli of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT explains the uses of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which reveals the structure and... (Section 1)

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As we read a word, MEG (Magnetoencephalography) reveals a complex chain of events across many parts of the brain.

Reading a Word

New imaging tools allow us to observe the rich array of connections between many parts of the brain involved in doing anything. Reading a word, for example,... (Section 2)

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Magnetoencephalography—A new method of functional brain imaging with high resolution in both time and location. The

Tools of Neuroscience: MEG

Dr. John Gabrieli of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT describes the benefits of the MEG (magnetoencephalography), which gives us a precise... (Section 2)

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Brooke Smith, who has only the right hemisphere of his brain, compensates for his differences in surprising ways.

Brooke's Story

At the age of 11, Brooke Smith had the left side of his brain removed. The left hemisphere of the brain is generally considered the locus of detailed,... (Section 4)

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Nico Sainz-Trápaga, who has only the left hemisphere of his brain, has also compensated for his differences and is active in art and fencing.

Nico's Story

The right hemisphere of the brain is generally considered to be dominant for many functions, including prosody. When he was three years old, Nico suffered from... (Section 4)

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As children, Nico and Brooke demonstrated the plasticity of the brain in the ways they process verbal language and intonation.

A Tale of Two Cases: Brooke and Nico

Nico and Brooke, two boys with half their brain, are unambiguous examples of the plasticity of the brain—its ability to change by developing new neural... (Section 5)

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