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Beginning-of-the-semester Extra Credit Due 1/21/19 For 100 extra homework points (it’s worth one HW assignment), read the article You Can Grow your Brain and answer the questions below. Your answers should be submitted to me via Canvas in a Word document or pdf file. Be sure to answer and label each question separately. Your answers to each question should be 75 – 100 words. A point deduction will be applied for failing to follow these directions and for grammatical errors. 1. How would you summarize the article for someone who hasn’t read it? Be sure to identify what you consider to be the main points of the article. 2. What, if anything, did you find surprising in the article? If nothing was surprising, where did you encounter these ideas before? 3. Do you find the article to be believable? Explain why you did or did not find it to be believable. Describe an event that has occurred in your life that either supports or contradicts the main points of the article. 4. Assuming the main points of the article are true, how would that affect your approach to this class and others you’re taking this semester? Do you think most students believe they can “grow” their brain? If so, what evidence have you seen that makes you think they believe this? If not, what do you think would change if they did believe they can “grow” their brain? You  Can  Grow  Your  Brain   New  Research  Shows  the  Brain  Can  Be  Developed  Like  a  Muscle       Many  people  think  of  the  brain  as  a  mystery.    We  don’t  often  think  about  what   intelligence  is  or  how  it  works.    And  when  you  do  think  about  what   intelligence  is,  you  might  think  that  a  person  is  born  either  smart,  average,  or   dumb—either  a  “math  person”  or  not—and  stays  that  way  for  life.     But  new  research  shows  that  the  brain  is  more  like  a  muscle—it  changes  and   gets  stronger  when  you  use  it.    Scientists  have  been  able  to  show  just  how  the   brain  grows  and  gets  stronger  when  you   learn.       Everyone  knows  that  when  you  lift  weights,   your  muscles  get  bigger  and  you  get  stronger.     A  person  who  can’t  lift  20  pounds  when  they   start  exercising  can  get  strong  enough  to  lift   100  pounds  after  working  out  for  a  long  time.     That’s  because  muscles  become  larger  and  stronger  with  exercise.    And  when   you  stop  exercising,  the  muscles  shrink  and  you  get  weaker.  That’s  why   people  say  “Use  it  or  lose  it!”     But  most  people  don’t  know  that  when  they  practice  and  learn  new  things,   parts  of  their  brain  change  and  get  larger,  a  lot  like  the  muscles  do.    This  is   true  even  for  adults.    So  it’s  not  true  that  some  people  are  stuck  being  “not   smart”  or  “not  math  people.”    You  can  improve  your  abilities  a  lot,  as  long  as   you  practice  and  use  good  strategies.     Inside  the  outside  layer  of  the  brain—called  the   cortex—are  billions  of  tiny  nerve  cells,  called   neurons.    The  nerve  cells  have  branches   connecting  them  to  other  cells  in  a  complicated   network.    Communication  between  these  brain   cells  is  what  allows  us  to  think  and  solve  problems.     HEALTH  &  SCIENCE  News  You  Can  Use   When  you  learn  new  things,  these  tiny  connections  in  the  brain  actually   multiply  and  get  stronger.    The  more  you  challenge  your  mind  to  learn,  the   more  your  brain  cells  grow.         Then,  things  that  you  once  found  very  hard   or  even  impossible  to  do—like  speaking  a   foreign  language  or  doing  algebra— become  easier.    The  result  is  a  stronger,   smarter  brain.     How  Do  We  Know  That  The  Brain  Can  Grow  Stronger?   Scientists  started  thinking  the  human  brain  could  develop  and  change  when   they  studied  adult  animals’  brains.    They  found  that  animals  who  lived  in  a   challenging  environment,  with  other  animals  and  toys  to  play  with,  were   different  from  animals  who  lived  alone  in  bare  cages.     While  the  animals  who  lived  alone  just  ate  and  slept  all  the  time,  the  ones  who   lived  with  different  toys  and  other  animals  were  always  active.    They  spent  a   lot  of  time  figuring  out  how  to  use  the  toys  and  how  to  get  along  with  other   animals.     These  animals  had  more  connections  between  the   nerve  cells  in  their  brains.    The  connections  were   bigger  and  stronger,  too.    In  fact,  their  whole   brains  were  about  10%  heavier  than  the  brains  of   the  animals  who  lived  alone  without  toys.     The  adult  animals  who  were  exercising  their   brains  by  playing  with  toys  and  each  other  were   also  “smarter”  –they  were  better  at  solving   problems  and  learning  new  things.     Can  Adults  Grow  Their  Brains?   Scientists  have  recently  shown  that  adults  can  grow  the  parts  of  their  brains   that  control  their  abilities—like  the  ability  to  do  math  or  even  to  juggle.     In  one  study,  scientists  found  a  group  of  adults  who  were  not  jugglers.      They   taught  half  how  to  practice  juggling  in  the  right  way.    These  people  practiced   HEALTH  &  SCIENCE  News  You  Can  Use   for  a  long  time  and  got  much  better  at  juggling.    The  other  half  didn’t  practice,   and  didn’t  get  better.         Next,  the  scientists  used  a  brain  scanner  to  compare  the  brains  of  the  two   groups  of  people.    They  found  that  the  people  who  learned  how  to  juggle   actually  grew  the  parts  of  their  brains  that  control  juggling  skills—the  visual   and  motor  areas.    Their  brains  had  changed,  so  they  actually  had  more  ability.     This  was  surprising  because  these  people   said  before  the  study  that  they  couldn’t   juggle—just  like  some  people  say  they’re   “not  good  at  math.”    But  when  they  learned   good  strategies  for  practicing  and  kept   trying,  they  actually  learned  and  grew   In  Yellow:  Parts  of  the  brain  that   their  brains.         grew  when  adults  learned  to     juggle   This  can  happen  because  learning  causes     doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002669.g001   permanent  changes  in  the  brain.    The   jugglers’  brain  cells  get  larger  and  grow   new  connections  between  them.    These  new,  stronger  connections  make  the   juggler’s  brain  stronger  and  smarter,  just  like  a  weightlifter’s  toned  muscles.     A  Formula  For  Growing  Your  “Math  Brain”:   Effort  +  Good  Strategies  +  Help  From  Others     Scientists  have  also  found  that  learning  to  juggle  is  a  lot  like  getting  better  at   math.    When  people  learn  and  practice  new  ways  of  doing  algebra  or  statistics,   it  can  grow  their  brains—even  if  they  haven’t  done  well  in  math  in  the  past.         Strengthening  the  “math”  part  of  your  brains  usually  happens  when  you  try   hard  on  challenging  math  problems.    But  it’s  not  just  about  effort.    You  also   need  to  learn  skills  that  let  you  use  your  brain  in  a  smarter  way.         If  you  use  a  bad  strategy,  you  may  not  learn—even  if  you  try  hard.    A  few   people  study  for  math  by  doing  the  same  set  of  easy  problems  and  skipping   the  hard  ones,  or  just  re-­‐reading  the  textbook,  because  it  feels  easier.    Yet   when  it  comes  time  to  do  the  test,  they  don’t  do  well  because  they  didn’t  work   on  problems  that  stretched  their  brains  and  taught  them  new  things.    When   this  happens,  they  may  even  say  “I’m  just  not  smart  at  math.”       HEALTH  &  SCIENCE  News  You  Can  Use     But  the  truth  is  that  everyone  can  become  smarter  at  math  if  they  practice  in   the  right  way.  If  a  weight  lifter  watched  other  people  exercise  all  day  long,  he   wouldn’t  get  any  stronger.    And  if  someone  tried  to  learn  how  to  juggle  by  just   reading  a  book  about  juggling,  they  wouldn’t  learn.  You  actually  have  to   practice  the  right  way—and  usually  that  means  the  hard  way—to  get  better  at   something.    In  fact,  scientists  have  found  that  the  brain  grows  more  when  you   learn  something  new,  and  less  when  you  practice  things  you  already  know.       This  means  that  it’s  not  just  how  much  time  and  effort  you  put  in  to  studying   math,  but  whether,  when  you  study,  you  learn  something  new  and  hard.    To   do  that,  you  usually  need  to  use  the  right  strategies.    People  often  learn  those   good  strategies  from  others,  like  teachers  or  students  who  do  well.    Luckily,   strategies  are  easy  to  learn  if  you  get  help.     The  Truth  About  “Smart”  and  “Dumb”     People  aren’t  “smart”  or  “dumb”  at  math.    At  first,  no  one  can  read  or  solve   equations.    But  with  practice,  they  can  learn  to  do  it.    And  the  more  a  person   learns,  the  easier  it  gets  to  learn  new  things—because  their  brain  “muscles”   have  gotten  stronger.       This  is  true  even  for  adults  who  have  struggled  for  a  long  time  to  learn   something.    Dr.  Wittenberg,  a  scientist  from  Wake  Forest  University,  said  “We   used  to  think  adults  can’t  form  new  brain  connections,  but  now  we  know  that   isn’t  true…  The  adult  brain  is  like  a  muscle,  and  we  need  to  exercise  it.”     People  who  don’t  know  this  can  miss  out  on  the  chance  to  grow  a  stronger   brain.    They  may  think  they  can’t  do  it,  or  that  it’s  too  hard.    It  does  take  work   to  learn,  just  like  becoming  stronger  physically  or  becoming  a  better  juggler   does.  Sometimes  it  even  hurts!    But  when  you  feel  yourself  get  better  and   stronger,  you  realize  that  all  the  work  is  worth  it!     HEALTH  &  SCIENCE  News  You  Can  Use   References: A similar version of this article was written by Lisa Blackwell and can be downloaded from: Blackwell, L. A., Trzesniewski, K. H., & Dweck, C. S. (2007). Theories of intelligence and achievement across the junior high school transition: A longitudinal study and an intervention. Child Development, 78, 246-263. Driemeyer, J., Boyke, J., Gaser, C., Buchel, C., May, A. (2008). Changes in Gray Matter Induced by Learning—Revisited. PLoS One, 3, e2669. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002669. Nordqvist, C. (2004, Feb 1). “Juggling makes your brain bigger – New Study.” Retrieved from HEALTH  &  SCIENCE  News  You  Can  Use  
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The Brain Can Grow
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The Brain Can Grow

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The human brain is like a muscle, and it can grow stronger. Like a bodybuilder who practices
and gets his or her muscle bigger and stronger, so can any person learn new things and
practice to make their brain stronger. The brain grows by learning new things and therefore,
being bad or good at math is not a per...

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