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I'm excited to announce my new position as the Director of the Stanford-Synapse Brainwave Learning Center! My new role is central to a unique partnership between the Educational Neuroscience Initiative @Stanford and @SynapseSchool (an independent K-8 school).
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Since I began my training in educational #neuroscience, I have been adamant that progress in this field would require people specifically trained in #mind, #brain and #education to take positions outside of the traditional academic track & focus on challenges unique to MBE.
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We need spaces dedicated to rigorously investigating the questions at the heart of #MBE, where stakeholders (researchers, teachers, parents, administrators, and students) can work together. I am thrilled to be involved in first-of-its-kind initiative that does just that.
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@KonikuTech We are deliberate...Yes, we work with great intent, always and rightfully so. Did you know the word Koniku means immortal? It comes from the south of Nigeria. There is a whole back story it? Would you like to know...? 1/6
Now, have you seen the device we are debuting soon? Its inspired by natural iridescence: pinterest.com/pin/8760915523…. The iridescence typified by the Scarabaeus sacer of Egyptian mythology, the divine manifestation of the early morning sun...Read about Ra: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra 2/6
For those fortunate enough to have visited the Koniku HQ in Berkeley (🤫, your NDA still applies...sorry 🥺... blame the lawyers), one of the first remarks they make is: "it's a Jellyfish!". Yes, that's also deliberate. The number 1 remark is "how do you keep neurons alive?" 3/6
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1) #ChildRaising & #NARCISSISM
"You Can Be Anything You Want"
Participation Trophies
Instant Gratification
Enabling #HelicopterParents
#LawnmowerParents
#SocialMedia

LEADS TO #NARCISSISM ..and it's DANGEROUS
2) #ChildRaising & #NARCISSISM
Defined: Self-centered, self-important. = Inflated sense of self.
Not necessarily at the clinical level, although some of the most dangerous people fall within this classification.
3) #ChildRaising & #NARCISSISM
Are narcissists insecure "deep down inside"? NO
They have high self-esteem, but only in individual/personal areas, NOT caring traits.
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So glad this one came out! "After Midnight at the Zap Stop" by @ouranosaurus is an awesome story - full of late-night grease, and the luckless & the worthy. But also because it's a #neuroscience teaching opportunity. Might even be a #NeuroThursday!
One offhand line explains a technology as "stimulating a particular set of mirror neurons." Which works as a story element just fine. It sounds plausible and authoritative! But as a neuroscientist, I have strong opinions about #mirrorneurons. I don't think they're real.
To be clear, mine is a controversial opinion. Many neuroscientists would disagree. But it's a hill I'm willing to fight on, especially given how often "mirror neurons" crop up in popular science.
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This phenomenon - when you look away from a moving thing, and you briefly see illusory motion in the other direction - is the "Motion Aftereffect," and it comes from some very basic brain maneuvers. Who wants to join me on going full #NeuroThursday here? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_af…
Most neurons in the brain (and elsewhere) do this thing called "adaptation," where they accept whatever's going on as the new normal. For example, if you sit down with your laptop on your lap, you'll soon stop noticing the weight.
This can arise from the crudest single-cell level: some ion channels in the cell membrane have negative feedback loops that self-dampen.
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#NeuroThursday is back this week to talk about the #neuroscience of #synesthesia. What does it mean for a letter to have an intrinsic color, for a number to have a distance? And why the heck would this trait evolve in humankind?
Synesthesia is when "stimulation of one sense automatically provokes a secondary perception in another." The secondary perception can be direct ("9's are red") or associative ("9's make me think of red"), either counts.
Synesthesia comes in countless forms, but color-based are the most frequent. The most well-known is "grapheme-color" synesthesia, where a grapheme (written shape, e.g. letter or numeral) has a color - like the opening picture.
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I'm #sorry...
...I've spent a great deal of time trying to figure out "how" to express this to you all...

...unfortunately, the fact of the matter is, language is completely insufficient in properly illustrating the sort of sentiments that I wish to convey...
...I've never really been at a loss for words, until now. #Ineffable

My family and I have been going through an incredibly serious...ordeal...and, as of yet, no one even knows about it because...well, I never intended for this project to....turn into a...
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