Neuromyths about the Brain and Learning

Neuromyths about the Brain and Learning

Timothy Taylor 21/10/2019 4

"Neuromyths are false beliefs, often associated with education and learning, that stem from misconceptions or misunderstandings about brain function. Over the past decade, there has been an increasing amount of research worldwide on neuromyths in education." The Online Learning Consortium has published an International report: Neuromyths and evidence-based practices in higher education by the team of Kristen Betts, Michelle Miller, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Patricia A. Shewokis, Alida Anderson, Cynthia Borja, Tamara Galoyan, Brian Delaney, John D. Eigenauer, and Sanne Dekker. 

They draw on previous surveys and information about "neuromyths" to construct their own online survey, which was sent to people inn higher education The response rate was low, as is common with online surveys, so consider yourself warned. But what's interesting to me is to read the "neuromyths" and to consider your own susceptibility to them. More details at the report itself, of course.

Homage to Bill Goffe for spotting this report. 
A version of this article first appeared on Conversable Economist

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    As expected teachers are not being provided with the knowledge to make their teaching truly effective.

  • Lisa Iverson

    I have always thought that women were much smarter than men

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    The presentation of inaccurate or outdated information in textbooks is affecting us

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    I have made so many mistakes... I guess I am not the only one....

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Timothy Taylor

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Timothy Taylor is an American economist. He is managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a quarterly academic journal produced at Macalester College and published by the American Economic Association. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College and a master's degree in economics from Stanford University. At Stanford, he was winner of the award for excellent teaching in a large class (more than 30 students) given by the Associated Students of Stanford University. At Minnesota, he was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Department of Economics and voted Teacher of the Year by the master's degree students at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Taylor has been a guest speaker for groups of teachers of high school economics, visiting diplomats from eastern Europe, talk-radio shows, and community groups. From 1989 to 1997, Professor Taylor wrote an economics opinion column for the San Jose Mercury-News. He has published multiple lectures on economics through The Teaching Company. With Rudolph Penner and Isabel Sawhill, he is co-author of Updating America's Social Contract (2000), whose first chapter provided an early radical centrist perspective, "An Agenda for the Radical Middle". Taylor is also the author of The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works, published by the Penguin Group in 2012. The fourth edition of Taylor's Principles of Economics textbook was published by Textbook Media in 2017.


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