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Can Practice Improve Attention? A New Method to Train Attention Skills

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 19, 2016 at 4:43 PM

Peter Barnes

Dr David Rabiner, Research Professor at Duke University, USA is a world recognised expert on attention and ADHD.

He has developed a new approach to attention training called Nervanix Insight.  It uses neurofeedback (also known as EEG Biofeedback) to monitor and train attention skills.

According to scientific research, neurofeedback is the nonmedical approach for developing attention skills that has the strongest evidence for its effectiveness.

Traditional neurofeedback approaches generally use game-like activities that don’t have much resemblance to academic tasks that students need to focus on.

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Topics: Attention, Brain Science, Learning Capacity

New Wearable Technology So You Can Monitor Your Attention

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 1, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Peter Barnes

Wearable technology is here!

What is wearable technology? Think FitBit, the ubiquitous band so many people are wearing on their wrists to track their daily activity. That's probably the best known example of a wearable technology.

But there are many more examples in use right now. Samsung’s brainBAND for athletes, sweat sensors, stroke rehabilitation devices, the Muse meditation headband and the Nervanix Attention Headsets are just a few of them.

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Topics: Attention

How Students Improve with Educational Neuroscience Programs

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 2, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Peter Barnes

The greatest joy for me from working with educational neuroscience -  for most of this century - is the feedback from parents and students about their improvements. In some cases, how lives have been changed for the better (see below).

I've also watched how educational neuroscience has evolved as a specialised subject from what was originally known just as neuroscience. It has been interesting how the public's awareness of neuroscience has gone from almost unaware to the situation we have now where the neuroscience label is being put on all sorts of things that, unfortunately, are not even remotely neuroscience based. 

However, it is encouraging to see how educators and learners around the world have increasingly used research validated educational neuroscience technologies such as:

*Fast ForWord - “glasses for the ears” improves learning capacity and English language skills

Cogmed - educators love this fast fix for working memory issues

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Topics: Attention, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Reading Assistant Plus (RA+)

Nervanix Attention Software Boosts High Value Learning: Dr Steve Miller

Posted by Colin Klupiec on April 26, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Colin Klupiec

Image if you had a piece of wearable technology that could "listen to your brain".  And use what it hears to help you to track your concentration while you study.

This might sound a bit like science fiction. But it's actually available now with the Clarity software and headset from the Nervanix Corporation.

It might surprise you to know that the technology behind it, known as EEG, is actually about 100 years old.

Dr Steve Miller is the chief science officer for Nervanix. He’s one of the driving forces behind the development of Nervanix Clarity.

Dr Miller explains how it all works in an interview on the Learning Capacity podcast.

He points out the significant implications for education. And how this new technology can enhance learning for all students involved in high value learning.

Listen to the podcast episode:

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Topics: Attention, Brain Science, Learning Capacity, Podcasts, Educational Neuroscience

Educational Neuroscience is Not Pop Science, says Cogmed’s Mimma Mason

Posted by Colin Klupiec on April 10, 2016 at 8:25 PM

Colin Klupiec

Mimma Mason is the Cogmed Manager for Pearson Australia, and has previously explained working memory on the Learning Capacity podcast.

But she also spends much of her time helping people understand the emerging field of educational neuroscience. Is it another band wagon, or pop science?

We’ve asked this question before, and it seems like the consistent message is that educational neuroscience is now increasingly informing educational practice and research.

So if it’s for real, how do we implement it? And what does this mean for future teacher education and professional development?

Mimma helps us understand what to make of it all in a discussion on the Learning Capacity podcast. 

Listen to the podcast episode:

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Topics: Attention, Brain Science, Memory, School, Learning Capacity, Podcasts, Educational Neuroscience

Your Attention Spotlight: How You Can Improve it for Better Learning

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Peter Barnes

"Can you please pay attention?"

How often have you, as a teacher or parent, said this?

I'm sure you've done it many times, because you know that your message will not get through to the listener unless they pay attention.

Neuroscientist and attention expert, Dr Steve Miller spoke to The Learning Capacity Podcast about attention and learning, how we need to turn our brain’s attention spotlight on, and how this essential learning skill can be developed.

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Topics: Attention, Learning Capacity, Podcasts

A New Way to Measure & Predict an Individual's Attention?

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 4, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Peter Barnes

To learn, you have to “attend”.

Attending does not mean you just have to show up to the class or lesson. You also must pay attention - to the teacher, to the material you are reading, or the video you are watching.

Neuroscientists have recently been putting a lot of their attention on what happens in our brains when we pay attention.

Some new research from Yale University, USA has revealed that brain connectivity patterns can predict the strength of a person’s attention.

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Topics: Attention, Brain Science

Could Too Much Sugar be Limiting Your Child's Learning Capacity?

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 27, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Peter Barnes

Have you ever asked yourself, “why do I allow my child to eat up to 30 teaspoons more sugar every day than global health guidelines”? 

Would you allow them to eat this much sugar if you knew that reducing it may help them improve their learning capacity (how well they are able to learn)? 

Australians and New Zealanders - men, women and children - eat on average about 40 teaspoons of sugar a day. The health recommendations are for no more than 6 to 9 teaspoons per day. 

How much sugar does your child actually eat everyday? It's probably much more than you think.

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Topics: Attention, Learning Capacity, Podcasts

Ruben Struggled to Read & Pay Attention – How Did Fast ForWord Help?

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 3, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Peter Barnes

Rubin was in his first year at school (kindergarten in NSW). His teachers told his mum, Lani, that he was not concentrating, he fidgeted a lot, and he could not complete his work.

He was also having great difficulty with his early reading, struggling to sound out simple sentences like "I am Tim. Tim sits."

Because his older brother Kito* had benefited from the Fast ForWord brain training exercises a few years ago following an audiologist's recommendation for his auditory processing disorder, Lani decided to have Ruben do the exercises as well.

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Attention, Fast ForWord

How Elaine Finally Found a Solution to Her Son's Learning Difficulties

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 6, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Peter Barnes

Elliot’s mum, Elaine had been concerned about his learning ever since he started school. Elliott is now aged 10 and in Year 5 at school.

He did not seem to be making progress with learning to read in Year 1, and by Year 3 he was having trouble with literacy concepts, particularly with comprehension. He also struggled to understand maths concepts. He found it difficult to make sense of the relationships between mathematical symbols and what he was meant to do with them.

As a primary school teacher, Elaine saw a discrepancy between her very energetic, able, motivated, and clever-in-many-different-areas little boy, and his lack of learning progress at school. He needed a lot of help to grasp simple concepts in reading and maths.

Listen to Elaine tell the story in her own words:

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Topics: Auditory Processing Disorder, Attention, Learning Difficulties, Comprehension, Maths, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Podcasts

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