New team member, BrainU 2015, teaching tips
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Welcome to the new school year and the last three months of an exciting year of neuroscience discovery and research. In March we learned how important a good night's sleep is for your brain. As summer started, BrainU contributor Dr. Dave Redish announced his research finding that rats experience regret - previously thought to be a uniquely human trait. Recently, researchers at Tufts University in Boston announced that they'd bioengineered 3-dimensional brain tissue -- a powerful new tool which scientists have already used to study traumatic brain injury and drug reactions. We'll continue to share news of discoveries on our Facebook page and the BrainU website -- please let us know of any news you'd like us to share. Have a great semester!

Introducing Katrina B. Archambault, PhD

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Katrina Archambault to the BrainU team. Katrina started her post-doc working with Dr. Jan Dubinsky on the BrainU project in June 2014 and is already hard at work on a number of projects -- notably, developing new content for the 2015 BrainU Institute which she will co-lead with Dr. Dubinsky.
You've already seen a product of her work in the new Virtual Neurons video released earlier this summer. Currently she's updating classic BrainU materials for the Virtual Neurons lesson.
Katrina plans to develop new lesson plans based on her research into learning and memory as well as her background in music and dance. She and her bluegrass partner Dan took 4th place at last year's Minnesota State Fair competition! Read more...
Jan recently spoke to University instructors about how they can use neuroscience to enhance their teaching and  shared these teaching tips:
  • tell stories, use analogy
  • encourage students to learn from each other
  • tie new information to old
  • provide practice
  • focus attention
  • encourage good sleep
BrainU 2015 will take place from July 27 to August 7 on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. Registration and other details will be available soon on the website.
The new Virtual Neurons app - released earlier this summer - learns! The app is available for Android, Windows, and Mac. The iOS version will be released soon. Download your copy now.
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