The Neuroscience of Attention

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“Focus on eating your food!” I say for the seventh or eighth time to my kids, as one is standing behind his chair practicing kung fu moves on it like the chair was his longtime arch nemesis and this was the final battle of an epic story, while the other is distractedly looking at everything else on the dining table …

The Neuroscience of Math

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Math is a subject that tends to be relatively polarizing among students– either you like it or you don’t. As with most subjects, whether or not you enjoyed math depended on how easy or difficult it was for you when you were in school. For me personally, I was pretty good at math. I was not a prodigy by any …

Research Launch!

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This week marks the beginning of our research with our first official participant! This study has been a long process in making, it’s super exciting to see it finally launch. The energetic curiosity emanating from the kid was delightfully addicting; I think the whole office eventually ended up leaving their respective desks to meet the participant and their parents. It …

Music and the brain

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The appreciation of music involves the complex interplay of a number of different organs. As the key causes the felt tipped hammer to hit one of the strings on the piano that string begins to vibrate at a certain frequency. The string vibrating causes the air to move around it. Like a pebble thrown in a still lake that wave …

Research Meeting: Reducing cognitive load during animation

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Our research team meets weekly to discuss other studies and relevant findings within our industry (industries: neuroscience, education, and technology/gaming). Last week, the featured study was an article published in Educational Psychology, 2013, Vol. 33, “Reducing transience during animation: a cognitive load perspective.” It’s a really interesting study that looks at how we can reduce overwhelming working memory when using educational animations. …

Shanti Bhavan Graduation Ceremonies

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Last week, Dhiraj was invited to attend the graduation ceremonies for the Shanti Bhavan school in Bengaluru. Really amazing people over there making a huge difference for underprivileged kids. Ajit gave an awesome speech for the graduates. The energy throughout their campus is so light and peaceful. The students seem so happy and pure, even though they come from such …

Application Design

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In designing our applications we researched numerous computer game design elements and their impact on learning and engagement. Our goal has always been to create an educational game that felt like free play. We looked closely at research in neuroeducation, game design, and also in technology to learn what we could about the use of color, emotion, narrative, motion, gender, and many …

Personalized Learning

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  The challenge for every dedicated teacher is to personalize or differentiate the curriculum to suit the needs of every child in their class. Personalized learning is a noble goal, and one that can sometimes be very complex to achieve in a typical classroom setting. Research across the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education agree that to tailor the classroom …

Types of Instruction

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  Teachers often wonder whether the way we are teaching actually produces optimal learning gains for students. How pedagogy affects students is a well researched topic across education, psychology and neuroscience. Yet we don’t really know the best way to teach to meet the needs of all learners. The fact is there are so many variables it’s almost impossible to …

Feedback in Learning

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  Research across education domains strongly support the use of feedback to improve student learning. Our education team has layered this research with findings from neuroscience, psychology, and computer science, to support the use of neural feedback in creating our applications. We are excited to present games that teach mathematical concepts while collecting student learning data, and providing real time feedback …