Brain based learning

Neurologist Judy Willis, MD, shares advice for parents on how to use the technique of brain based learning can be used to help your child be more attentive and improve memory
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There's been interest lately in the phrase "Brain-based learning." And that something's to be a little careful about, but let's talk about the good side. What's happened to us in neuroscience, and the reason I left my practice of neurology to become a teacher, is because about 20 years ago, brain scans were no longer static like x-rays or an MRI scan of your bones and heart. What we could do starting about 20 years ago, is see the brain inaction, see what is happening in the brain while it's thinking, during emotional processing, while it's memorizing, while it's under stress, while it's happy. And we can use those different areas of knowledge, what is the thing that makes the brain most alert, most attentive, most memorable. So we could see the factors that increase or decrease things that we want the brain to do in a positive situation. And brain-based learning should be based on someone who knows the neuroscience, is able to interpret the data of the neuro-imaging, and associate that to ways of teaching the brain best.

Neurologist Judy Willis, MD, shares advice for parents on how to use the technique of brain based learning can be used to help your child be more attentive and improve memory

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Judy Willis, MD, MEd

Neurologist

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research and its applications regarding learning. With the unique background as a parent, neurologist, classroom teacher, and neuro-educator she writes extensively for parenting magazines and professional educational journals. Dr. Willis has written six books for parents and educators about applying brain research to parenting and teaching.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California and gives presentations to parents and educators nationally and internationally about how to help children learn joyfully and successfully. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation, dedicated to helping children improve academic performance and acquire vital social and emotional skills. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, as a “Big Thinker on Education”.

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