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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1) The Natural Journey From Brain to Mind - Brief History and Overview
  • 2) The Great Transformation - Changing Perception to Action: The Beginning of Mind
  • 3) Finding the Freedom, Finding the Joy - Emotion and Progress Toward Mind
  • 4) Deeper Learning Through Integration - Growth of Mind by Making Meaning and Creating New Ideas
  • 5) Getting the Picture - Images and Other Neuronal Patterns for Building Mind
  • 6) Basics - The Symbolic Brain and Education: Language, Mathematics, and Music
  • 7) Creating Memory - Foundations for Building the Mind
  • 8) Using Memory - Destination and the Journey Toward Mind
  • 9) Purpose and Principles for Educating - Organizing Knowledge and Serving the Learner
  • 10) The Connecting Thread - Metacognition and the Integrated Mind
  • Epilogue
  • Index

About the Author

James E. Zull is Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry, and Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) at Case Western Reserve University. After 25 years of research on cell-cell communication, protein folding, cell membranes, and biosensors, he turned his interest toward understanding how brain research can inform teaching. Building on his background in cell-cell communication, his experience with human learning and teaching at UCITE, and drawing on the increasing knowledge about the human brain, led to writing his acclaimed first book, The Art of Changing the Brain.

Reviews

My congratulations to James Zull for the way he connects neuroscience and education, and offers valuable insights on how we can be more intentional in improving the opportunities and conditions for learning in and out of the classroom. This book is articulate, and convincing, and strikes an excellent balance between a substantive explication of brain science and an engaging and conversational style." -Elkhonon Goldber, Clinical Professor of Neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, author of The New Executive Brain

"To better teach the mind, one should understand the brain. From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education discusses a more scientific approach to education from James E. Zull as he discusses how the brain receives information and how to better understand cognitive development of mind as an educator. Stating that developing learning skills are more important than ever in today's world that you may see multiple jobs throughout, From Brain to Mind is an excellent pick for anyone who wants to understand a more a scientific approach to education." -Midwest Book Review - Education Shelf

"From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education provides a powerful survey of how we learn, offering lay educators an introduction to what neuroscience can tell us about cognitive development and its links to teaching strategies. From how a brain becomes a mind through experience and how the education process can support that connection, chapters discuss leapfrogging patterns, the biology of motivation, education and memory formation, and much more. Any educator's library should include this." - California Book Watch

"From Brain to Mind challenges educators to see what children learn from the perspective of neuroscience, and to see what this perspective provides educators... The metacognition Zull advocates should lead the reader to work through the chapters and come up with ideas about or approaches to education. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

"Zull takes the reader on a journey from understanding the brain as a biological organ (a collection of cells, neurons, and chemicals) to understanding the brain as a complex, thinking, human mind that experiences emotions, makes decisions, and learns...I highly recommend Zull's book to learning center staff, it could also make a great professional development activity for staff." -The Learning Assistance Review

"Despite the science-heavy topic, Zull writes in such a way that the casual reader with an interest in the mind and education should be able to follow along easily. He explains concepts articulately and coherently. When discussing research, he does mire the text in minute details about the experiments themselves, focusing instead on the relevant results. He manages to find a balance between science content and conversational style, resulting in an enlightening, engaging text.
In short, From Brain to Mind is an engrossing book that is as entertaining as it is educational." -Erin E. Gonzales, College of Education, University of North Texas - The Review of Higher Education

"Despite the science-heavy topic, Zull writes in such a way that the casual reader with an interest in the mind and education should be able to follow along easily. He explains concepts articulately and coherently. When discussing research, he does mire the text in minute details about the experiments themselves, focusing instead on the relevant results. He manages to find a balance between science content and conversational style, resulting in an enlightening, engaging text.
In short, From Brain to Mind is an engrossing book that is as entertaining as it is educational." -Erin E. Gonzales, College of Education, University of North Texas - The Review of Higher Education

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