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Brain-Based Learning and Education - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128105085, 9780128105092

Brain-Based Learning and Education

1st Edition

Principles and Practice

Author: Yi-Yuan Tang
Paperback ISBN: 9780128105085
eBook ISBN: 9780128105092
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th April 2017
Page Count: 80
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Brain-Based Learning and Education presents a new type of education that uses brain-based and self-control theory-driven training. Leaving aside the current focus in education on content knowledge, it examines essential character strengths such as selfcontrol, persistence, creativity, attention, memory, and social learning, and relates their relevance to learning. By bridging the research and application gap in education, this text not only covers the latest findings related to learning and teaching but also provides insights for application and practice for brain-based methods in health and education. This integration of neuroscience and education takes us from a deep understanding of brain function to the frontline of the classroom.

Key Features

  • Explains an integrative training mechanisms from the behavioral, neuroscientific, and physiological perspectives
  • Presents brain-based practice methods that can be readily applied to the education system
  • Addresses additional issues, such as stress, wandering mind, and individuality
  • Includes stories and findings related to the brain, learning, and teaching


Those who study education, psychology, and neuroscience. Teachers and school administrators will make up a large part of the audience for this text

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Challenges and Issues in Education

  • Abstract

Chapter 2. Brain Networks Involved in Learning and Teaching

  • Abstract
  • 2.1 Attention and Self-Control Networks
  • 2.2 Memory Networks
  • 2.3 Emotion Networks
  • 2.4 Reward and Habit Networks
  • 2.5 Social and Self-Referential Networks

Chapter 3. Attention and Self-Control in Education

  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Attention in Learning and Education
  • 3.2 Self-control in Learning and Education

Chapter 4. Curiosity and Creativity Motivate Self-Learning

  • Abstract
  • 4.1 Curiosity and Self-Learning
  • 4.2 Creativity and Self-Learning

Chapter 5. Developing Characters Through Neuroscience Findings

  • Abstract
  • 5.1 Self-control
  • 5.2 Compassion, Empathy and Emotion Regulation
  • 5.3 How Does Mindfulness Enhance Emotion Regulation, Empathy and Compassion?
  • 5.4 Wisdom
  • 5.5 Wisdom and implicit learning

Chapter 6. How the Social Brain Supports Learning and Teaching

  • Abstract
  • 6.1 Default Mode Network and Brain Resources
  • 6.2 Social Brain in Learning and Teaching

Chapter 7. Healthy Brain Boosts Education Outcomes

  • Abstract
  • 7.1 Reducing Stress Using Few Hours of Mindfulness Meditation
  • 7.2 Teacher–Student Interaction
  • 7.3 Mind-Wandering
  • 7.4 How to Reduce Mind-Wandering and Minimize Its Negative Consequences?

Chapter 8. Personalized Education

  • Abstract
  • 8.1 Different Learners and Capacities
  • 8.2 Gene, Personality, Environment and Education Outcomes

Chapter 9. Insight for Optimal Learning and Education

  • Abstract
  • 9.1 Building a New Learning and Education Environment
  • 9.2 Science of Learning and Teaching
  • 9.3 Wisdom as an Ultimate Goal of Education


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About the Author

Yi-Yuan Tang

Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang is a Professor of Psychological Sciences, Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at Texas Tech University and founding Director of Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute. He is also Professor of Internal Medicine at TTU Health Science Center, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon. He is Fellow of Association for Psychological Sciences (APS), Fellow of American Psychological Association (APA) and Associate Editor, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Dr. Tang's basic research covers cognitive, social and affective neuroscience/psychology, for example, brain mechanisms of attention, mathematics, language, decision-making and creativity, learning or training related neuroplasticity. He applies behavioral, multimodal neuroimaging, psychophysiology and genetic analyses in his research. In his translational work, he develop a novel mindfulness based preventive intervention (Integrative Body-Mind Training, IBMT) and have studied its effects in large randomized clinical trials in healthy and patient populations in China and the U.S. since 1990’s. Research indicate that IBMT intervention reduces stress, improves attention and cognitive performance, emotion regulation and immune function, social behavior and neuroplasticity over the life span. He has applied IBMT in addiction, mood disorders, ADHD, MCI and TBI.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

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