A Celebration of Neurons: An Educator's Guide to the Human Brain

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1995 - Cognitive neuroscience. - 167 pages
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This book provides an introduction to the current scientific understanding of the human brain and its processes. Chapter 1, "At the Edge of a Major Transformation," is an introduction to the field. Chapter 2, "How Our Brain Organizes Itself on the Cellular and Systems Levels," covers what body/brain cellular systems do, how cells process units of information, and how the brain organizes itself into large networks of cells. Chapter 3, "How Our Brain Interacts with the Outside Environment," looks at the sensory system and the motor system. Chapter 4, "How Our Brain Determines What's Important," explores emotion and attention and their educational applications. Chapter 5, "How Our Brain Learns, Remembers, and Forgets," explains the physical changes that occur in neural networks when a memory is formed or erased, the functional organization and operation of the memory systems the brain uses, and the procedures used to maintain selected important memories. Chapter 6, "How Our Brain Solves Problems," looks at the brain's use of biological, cooperative, technological, and drug resources. Chapter 7, "How Our Brain Adapts Itself to Its Environment," reports on key animal and human research findings. Appendixes contain information on the neurotransmitter systems and related drug actions and neural transmission. (Contains over 150 references.) (JB)

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How Our Brain Organizes Itself on the Cellular
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How Our Brain Interacts with the Outside Environment
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How Our Brain Determines Whats Important
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Robert Sylwester is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon who focuses on the educational implications of new developments in science and technology. He has written 20 books and curricular programs and 200+ journal articles. His most recent books are "The Adolescent Brain: Reaching for Autonomy" (2007, Corwin Press) and "How to Explain a Brain: An Educator s Handbook of Brain Terms and Cognitive Processes "(2005, Corwin Press). He received two Distinguished Achievement Awards from The Education Press Association of America for his syntheses of cognitive science research, published in Educational Leadership. He has made 1600+ conference and staff development presentations on educationally significant developments in brain/stress theory and research. Sylwester wrote a monthly column for the Internet journal, "Brain Connection, " throughout its 2000-2009 existence, and is now a regular contributor to the "Information Age Education Newsletter" (http: //i-a-e.org/).

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