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The New Science of Learning: How to Learn and Teach in Harmony with the Brain


Almost daily neuroscience, biology, and cognitive science researchers reveal new insights about how the human brain works and learns. The value of this research is its potential to elevate the learning success of all students regardless of their learning situations. This interactive presentation will discuss many of these new research findings and suggest ways to apply them in a higher education setting. Topics will include preparing the brain to learn, findings on movement and exercise, sleep, memory formation and recall, attention enhancers, multisensory learning and teaching and the role patterns play in teaching and learning.

Sponsored by the Tomorrow's Professor Today Program

Terry DoyleTerry Doyle is an author, nationally recognized educational consultant and Professor of Reading at Ferris State University where he has worked for the past 37 years. From 1998 to 2009 he served as the Senior Instructor for Faculty Development and Coordinator of the New to Ferris Faculty Transition Program for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Ferris State.

Terry has presented over seventy workshops on teaching and learning topics at regional, national and international conferences since 2000. During the past five years he has worked with faculty in Taiwan, South Korea, Canada and faculty on one hundred and twenty different colleges and universities across the United States on ways to apply current brain research to improve teaching and students’ learning.

He is the author of the book Learner Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice which was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Selected New Books in Higher Education in 2012 and the book Helping Students Learn in a Learner Center Environment: A Guide to Teaching in Higher Education, published by Stylus, 2008. He is the co-author of the book New Faculty Transition -An Ideal Program published in 2004.

His newest book published in August 2013, co-authored with Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is titled The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with your Brain and is written for college students. It has been described as breaking new ground in understanding how learning happens and suggests a new paradigm for how students should prepare themselves for learning. The book is a finalist for the 2013 USA Best Book Award in the category of Education/Academic.

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