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If There Were A Sure Fire Way to Improve Your Brain…

Okay, I have to admit, this is bit of a re-post, but according to my calculations, I figure any number of people missed the article and my blog, and the article is a winner.A year ago, Cerebrum, published Michael Posner and Nancy Patoine's How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition.If there were a surefire way to improve your brain, would you try it? Judging by the abundance of products, programs and pills that claim to offer "cognitive enhancement," many people are lining up for just such quick brain fixes. Recent research offers a … [Read more...]

Six Practical Reasons Why Arts Education is Not a Mere Luxury, from Dan Willingham, Cognitive Scientist

There's a terrific interview in The Washington Post with Dan Willingham, the cognitive scientist and author, where he offers his take on the importance of arts education.This is good one, one you can trust, coming from a guy who has been a vocal critic of the 21st Century Skills movement (P21), has questioned Howard Gardner's "theory of multiple intelligences," has kicked the tires hard at whether or not you can teach critical thinking, and has most recently authored the book: Why Students Don't Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers … [Read more...]

How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition–From the Dana Foundation

Have I ever mentioned that I love the Dana Foundation. Full disclosure: the organization I work for receives funding from Dana. With that out of the way, I just want to say I think they're one terrific funder and partner, doing exemplary work that is both unique, helpful, and dynamic. Dana's current issue of Cerebrum features How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition.Does education in the arts transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers are finding evidence that it does. Michael Posner argues that when children … [Read more...]

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