October 21, 2009

What Can Dance Teach Us about Learning?

cognitive neuroscience,memory — alice @ 9:19 pm Print This Post  AddThis Social Bookmark Button

From the Dana Foundation: We might begin to learn a dance step when someone describes it to us, but we learn it better when we physically perform the steps as we observe and imitate an instructor doing them. Scott Grafton’s research sheds light on the brain’s action observation network, which fires up both when we perform an action and when we watch someone else perform it. Dr. Grafton contends that his and others’ findings highlight the importance of including physical learning in the classroom, to stimulate creativity, increase motivation and bolster social intelligence.

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