Understanding Emotions is Essential to Brain-Based Learning Strategies

I just attended the 37th Learning and the Brain Conference, in San Francisco.  This my 3rd such conference, and as usual, the speakers did not disappoint.  The theme was using brain science to build social and emotional skills. Brain-based learning,…

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What Color is Your Spark: Using Psychological Type to Energize Your Exercise Plan

It's becoming indisputably clear that exercise not only benefits the body, it benefits the brain.  I just returned from the Learning and the Brain Conference in Chicago and the importance of physical exercise for learning, mood stability, and mental acuity was…

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Q and A from the I-Brain Conference Part III: Exercise and the Brain

Exercise releases a substance that is  "Miracle Grow for the Brain", according to John Ratey, an expert on the effects of exercise on optimal brain functioning. The release of brain-derived neuroptropic factor (BDNF), in effect, fertilizes brain cells to keep them…

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