Neurobiology of Learning and Application to Teaching Strategies

Presented by Dr. Kathy Lovell
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:30 - 1:30
1425 Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
Lunch Provided

Abstract  Research about the neurobiology of learning and memory has revealed insights into the mechanisms of memory storage, including features of the time course of storage.   Two major processes important in learning and memory are plasticity, in which there are changes in "wiring" connections among neurons, and  the generation of newly formed neurons with integration into existing networks.    This presentation will give a brief overview of neurobiology processes involved in learning and memory, discuss teaching approaches that enhance memory (such as retrieval learning and interleaving), and summarize mechanisms by which individual behaviors (such as sleep and exercise) can influence learning and memory.

Kathryn Lovell, Professor Emeritus, Neurology/Ophthalmology Dept and Neuroscience Program, received her Ph.D. in biophysics at MSU, doing research on learning and memory in an invertebrate model.  She did postdoctoral research at MSU in the Pathology Dept., and then became a faculty member there, with main research interests in neuropathology of a genetic metabolic disease.  In 1999 she was appointed Director of the Year 1 Curriculum in the College of Human Medicine, and her affiliation changed to the Neurology Dept. in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In 2009 she returned to full-time teaching of neuroscience and neuropathology, continuing with some research.  She developed computer-based instructional materials starting in 1987, and has conducted research in medical education from several perspectives.   Currently she teaches medical students in both colleges half-time.

Video of the Session

STEM Training - Neurobiology of Learning and Application to Teaching Strategies from ANR Communications MSU on Vimeo.

PowerPoint and References


Dr. Lovell's PowerPoint presentation with references to additional studies.

Also attached is a first day problem set from Dr. Lynwood Clemens, Professor of Zoology, based upon the Karpicke & Blunt study on Slide 31 of Dr. Lovell's presentation. 
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Mark Urban-Lurain,
Sep 9, 2014, 11:06 AM
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Mark Urban-Lurain,
Sep 10, 2014, 7:55 AM