What maps in our brains tell us about the learning process

If billions of neurons in the human brain are not properly organized, they can easily fill the epithelial center dome-shaped area. To fit into a more portable dome of the human head, those neurons are arranged so that areas of the brain are carefully mapped to things like sight and hearing. And understanding those maps can be the key to better understanding how the mind works and how learning works.

This summer, a new book called Brainscapes argues: Amazing maps written in your brain – and how they guide you.

The author is Rebecca Schwarzlos, a postdoctoral neuroscientist at the University of Washington in St. Louis. She has fascinated her career with tickling humans – and in the process she has made some important discoveries of her own.

“We think of our minds as infinite and a kind of ethereal,” says Schwarzelj. “But the truth is that our brain is a very physical organ and there are many physical difficulties with how it can be connected.”

For this week’s AdSerge podcast, we connected with Schwarzloss to hear about her discoveries and what impact they have on teachers.

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