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Cognitive Studies on Mirror Neurons

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One of the interesting things about cognitive studies, or studies of how the brain works, is that oftentimes a piece of research into an area like medical research can also yield useful information for education or psychology. And so is the case with mirror neurons, a function of the brain, which has implications in all…

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Cognitive: Teaching Young Minds’

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When a teacher is planning a lesson, beyond thinking through the skills, knowledge and concepts of what is being taught, the teacher also has to think about what the best way to get the information into the diversely able brains will be. Students learn differently and they come to class with different sets of prior…

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Concept Learning: Seeing the Lightbulb Come On

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Concept learning is a type of learning that you can almost see happening. When a student masters a concept, it is like watching a light bulb turn on. On the one hand, it makes it quite simple to assess that student has mastered the concept; however, oftentimes it is getting them there which is the…

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Cognitive Character Education

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When we send our children to school we can expect that schools will focus on their character education.  Although ‘Character Education’ is not a formal class, most schools have a formal policy that oversees character education and suggests ways in which it can be integrated into daily teaching and learning. Character, or moral, development has…

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Cognitive Friday: Holiday Shopping

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The holiday season is a special time for families. It is also a very special time for retailers, a segment of business that has mastered their understanding of the cognitive processes which people bring to the shopping experience. Consumer behaviors have been studied at length by marketers to understand how to get people to buy…

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Cog Friday: Group Cognition

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The human mind is a singular thing… until it enters a group. Group cognition is the study of how the mind processes information when people are in a group setting, and it has some interesting implications on thought processes. It happens all the time that people who are working together will come up with the…

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Cognitive Dissonance

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As with meta-cognition, cognitive dissonance is one of learning’s great leaps forward. Most generally, cognitive dissonance is the moment in which a person recognizes that something does not seem right, intellectually speaking, and they are driven to figure out why that is. That combination of non-understanding with drive for understanding propels deeper knowledge on a…

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The Political Brain

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During a political season, it seems that all manner of subjects can relate to politics. And so it is with cognition, and in the run-up to a presidential election the question has been asked, what is the political brain and what are its main functions? A new theory on this topic suggests that there are…

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Cognitive Development 101

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The field of education is full of jargon. There are buzzwords and talking points hammered home so that it is clear what the intentions of teaching (and assessment!) are.  One reason this happens is that teachers have specialized their education in order to become a teacher and have spent a good amount of time around…

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Thinking about Thinking

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In learning, meta-cognition is a Holy Grail. Meta-cognition is a process of thinking about one’s own thinking, or of ‘being aware.’  Generally speaking, people are aware of their thoughts and acts of meta-cognition are not uncommon. Meta-cognition accompanies reflective and analytic thoughts and provides insight on why a person thinks or does something. This cognitive…

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