So, what is braincando ?
Have you ever tried to eat your breakfast blindfolded? Or tried to tickle yourself? Or to ride a bicycle backwards? If you have tried, the chances are that you weren’t very successful.
Through repetition processes, activities like riding a bicycle, become automatic, and brain pathways fire quickly and without us having to put too much effort into the thinking process. Once you know how to ride a bike, you don’t have to think about it too hard. Unless the bike is wired up to ride backwards, that is! Then our brains are tricked into thinking they can work in the usual way for the desired outcome, deceived by the changes in the equipment we’re dealing with.
Of central importance to the work of BrainCanDo is the development of a strong neuroscientific evidence base to inform and underpin education. We aim to empower teaching professionals to use the latest findings from neuroscience research to transform and enrich their classrooms and to empower students to understand how learning happens.
We believe that understanding what is happening in the brain can help us to be more efficient at learning, more effective at functioning and as a result, to become happier people!
Several years ago when BrainCanDo was started we began to understand that learning about the brain is key to effective teaching and learning and to creating a richer educational experience for all. We now work alongside industry experts on several research projects established with University of Oxford, University of Reading and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Pathways from Neuroscience to the Classroom
- Session 1: How is neuroscience relevant to the classroom? Professor Michael Thomas – Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience, London.
- Plenary 1: Addressing current neuromyths in education. Panel discussion
- Session 2: How emotional contagion impacts teenage peer groups in the classroom. Dr Dean Burnett – Neuroscientist and lecturer, Cardiff University
- Plenary 2: Emotional contagion. Panel discussion
- Session 3: Working memory and classroom learning. Dr Joni Holmes – MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge University
- Plenary 3: BrainCanDo led session. Research updates from university collaborators