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Hey teachers, Neuroscience Boot Camp wants you!

By John Published: December 13, 2011

The Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the 2012 Neuroscience Boot Camp, a 9-day intensive seminar for non-neuroscientists. Here's a brief description:

Neuroscience is increasingly relevant to a number of professions and academic disciplines beyond its traditional medical applications. Lawyers, educators, economists and businesspeople, as well as scholars of sociology, philosophy, applied ethics and policy, are incorporating the concepts and methods of neuroscience into their work. Indeed, for any field in which it is important to understand, predict or influence human behavior, neuroscience will play an increasing role. The Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp is designed to give participants a basic foundation in cognitive and affective neuroscience and to equip them to be informed consumers of neuroscience research.

I attended last year's boot camp with a generous scholarship covering the tuition. We had a lot of lawyers, scholars and economists, but no K-12 teachers. As readers of this blog know, I have spent this year immersed in learning about the  emerging field of Mind, Brain and Education. This boot camp gave me a great grounding in some of the basics of neuroscience research and methodologies. I strongly urge teachers to consider taking the first part of August to learn more about that "enchanted loom" between your students' ears. Click here for more information.

In related news, one of the researchers I heard speak at the third biennial conference of the International Mind, Brain and Education conference in San Diego in June has won that association's 2011 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award.

Sarah D. Sparks at Education Week's Inside School Research blog has the rundown here:

Here's Helen Neville talking about her research with Head Start kids here.

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