Not clear that we can learn anything about learning from neuroscience yet

July 8, 2013 at 1:08 am 2 comments

I like David Brooks’s opinion pieces quite a bit, and particularly his pieces where he draws on research.  The piece linked below touches on an issue that I’ve been wondering about. All this neuroscience data about what part of the brain lights up when — what does it really tell us about how the mind works? Does it actually tell us anything about learning? Brooks’ opinion: Not yet.

These two forms of extremism are refuted by the same reality. The brain is not the mind. It is probably impossible to look at a map of brain activity and predict or even understand the emotions, reactions, hopes and desires of the mind.

via Beyond the Brain – NYTimes.com.

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  • 1. Hugo Alves (@WC_Readings)  |  July 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

    If you want to know the contributions of neuroscience, don’t turn to David Brooks. Read some science instead. For example: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2366939/

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    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  July 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Hugo, thank you for the paper link. I don’t see anything about learning in that piece. Can you point to something showing how neuroscience informs our understanding of how learning about, say, STEM subjects occurs?

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