The Attainment Center for Neuroeducation utilizes brain mapping to aid private teaching practices and develop better understanding of individual learning needs. This can be likened to sports psychology for athletes and improving physical performance. However, this student is learning how to slip more easily into “performance mode” and recognize when that occurs. Neuroscience, in other words, is used to achieve long-term success and optimal brain performance levels.
To map this teenager’s brain activity, a cap of sensors is placed over her head. The cap is then connected to a machine that records electrical activity (electroencephalogram or EEG). The brain maps appear different depending on the level of learning. In this case, she’s learning what regions are active when playing familiar pieces, vs. pieces she had never seen before. To perform well, she needs to enter a “flow state” and think holistically about the piece, instead of the individual notes. She can view projected images of her brain maps to see different areas of the brain in action .
This is just one example of how cognitive neuroscience can be applied to teaching, particularly in the performing arts. With focus on applied research, neuroscientific knowledge can enhance awareness of brain states during performance. At the ACN investigate changes in the brain as a result of performing arts training, and how this experience enhances capacity for academic learning.
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