Don Cooper, Professor, Institute for Behavioral Genetics
Our brain’s short-term memory system has been likened to the rewritable
RAM memory of a computer. To perform normal functions, we need the ability
to transiently store, quickly and reliably, large amounts of data, but
only a small amount of this needs to be retained in the longer term.
Scientists have spent decades working out which parts of the brain are
responsible for this memory buffer system, and how neural networks manage
this feat. Given the wealth of detailed information gathered from
neuroscience we are now at a point where we can begin to design pedagogies
that capitalize on the learning and memory models developed from
neuroscience. Professor Cooper will discuss what neuroscience has to say
about attention and learning at the neuronal level and how we can design a
“neuropedagogical” approach to promote learning.