Monday, April 07, 2008

Brain and Learning

Here is an entire web site devoted to the issues of Brain and Learning funded by European Union.

Welcome to www.brainandlearning.eu

The website www.brainandlearning.eu has been designed to offer information about the relationship between the mind, the brain, learning capacity and education. The website has been established by the Centre for Brain & Learning at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. This centre, recently founded by the Brain & Behaviour Institute at Maastricht University, is a research, knowledge and expertise centre on this specific domain. The centre’s aim is to make scientific information about mind, brain and learning available to those who are interested. Therefore, this site has been created for not only professionals, such as scientists and educators, but also for policy makers, administrators, students, parents and essentially anyone who is interested in the link between brain and behaviour and the field of education. Clearly, the intention of this website is to inform both professionals and laymen alike.

This website is currently under construction and will be expanded in the near future. We endeavour to provide, on this website, up-to-date information on recent findings from the scientific literature, evidence-based as well as practice-based educational interventions, developments in educational policy and other news which might be relevant for those who are interested in the topic. The feature “Latest News” will cover relevant developments in the scientific literature as well as the possible implications of these developments for educational settings.

On behalf of the Centre for Brain & Learning and the Brain & Behaviour Institute,

Prof. Jelle Jolles,
Neuropsychologist,
Cognitive Neuroscientist
Director

21st century Learning Theories will be based upon the findings in cognitive and behavioral Neuroscience

1 comment:

Oleg Kucheryavenko said...

You know, significant advances have been made since the mid-1970s in understanding how the nervous system encodes and retrieves information. Current research focuses on understanding learning and memory at the cellular level, where the information-encoding process can be traced to changes in the properties of neurons. The encoding process is known to take place through modifications in the biophysical properties of neurons and the strength of synaptic connections among neurons. One emerging and overarching neurobiological principle that is no single universal mechanism for learning and memory exists. And different memory systems can use different mechanisms instead, and any single memory system can use a variety of cellular mechanisms.

First mentioned principle of learing and memory functioning was published by W. James who was among the first to discuss the physiological basis of the manner in which information is encoded in brain. Than Tanzi in 1893 advanced the hypothesis of James that the connection between neurons was the locus of the change that encodes expirience. Ramon y Vajal advanced these hypotheses mentioned "the signal strength" the first time.
Finally, Byrne (1987) formulated the basic principles of Learning and Memory Mechanisms, i won't cite it as an example unless you ask me.

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