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(Note: Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of ETR as an agency.)

It's Brain Awareness Week!
March 16, 2015
It's Brain Awareness Week!

By Debra Christopher, MSM | March 16, 2015
Director, Professional Learning Systems, ETR

What’s all the buzz about the brain?

The brain is our personal 3-pound universe. This small but powerful mass of neurons in your head allows you to read these words, comprehend their meaning, and, if you choose, integrate the meaning into long-term memory.

You may even decide to take some kind of action based on the content. Or, at any point in time, you may choose to scroll past this segment, even this entire column, if there is no cognitive “hook” for you.

All this in a matter of seconds. Astounding!

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Tags: Neuroscience, Professional development, Learning theory
Amazing Brain Science: You Have Cognitive Biases
October 20, 2014
Amazing Brain Science: You Have Cognitive Biases

By ETR | October 20, 2014

Do you have a sense of your biases and the ways they influence your thoughts and actions? There’s a good chance you’re less aware than you think you are.

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Tags: Neuroscience
Amazing Brain Science: Great Brain Reads
August 14, 2014
Amazing Brain Science: Great Brain Reads

By Debra Christopher, MSM

New research is giving us some powerful and creative ways to understand what our brains are doing (along with the brains of our students, trainees, clients, patients and colleagues). The principles of neuroscience can help us make a healthy difference in people’s lives.

Here are some of the books we’re reading right now that contribute to better understanding of how brains work. Highly recommended!

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Tags: Neuroscience, Teens, Children
Amazing Brain Science: Sleep, Adolescents and Risk
June 18, 2014
Amazing Brain Science: Sleep, Adolescents and Risk

By Erin Cassidy-Eagle, PhD

While healthy sleep is important at all ages, it’s especially vital during the vulnerable time of adolescence. The challenges adolescents face at baseline, simply through the normal process of human development, are in many cases exactly those exacerbated by poor sleep. It's possible that helping young people acheive better sleep might ameliorate a whole range of other problems and challenges.

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Tags: Sleep, Teens, Neuroscience
Amazing Brain Science: Beware Folk Neuroscience
May 15, 2014
Amazing Brain Science: Beware Folk Neuroscience

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES

Have you talked with someone about brain science lately? Media reports on neuroscience have been increasing over the past decade—a good neuroscience study can lead the evening news, and references to brain science are making their way into our everyday conversations. Over this same period, there has been genuine and sometimes spectacular progress in neuroscience, with new discoveries building understanding and treatment options for a range of medical and mental health conditions.

That’s great. But the brain is unfathomably complicated, brain science is complex, and you’ve probably noticed that popular media doesn’t always do justice to complexity. They often miss finer points of the science while emphasizing the sensationalistic. 

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Tags: Neuroscience
Amazing Brain Science: Child Trauma and Lifelong Health
March 13, 2014
Amazing Brain Science: Child Trauma and Lifelong Health

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | March 13, 2014

Here at ETR, we’re fascinated by brain science and its link to our mission. A number of our staff have impressive expertise in neuroscience. We decided it’s time to talk it up and share our knowledge and perspectives on the field. In coming months, look for brief posts, comments on the literature, links to tools and more.

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Tags: Neuroscience, Children, Trauma

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