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Resources for Brain Matters

Paper Proceedings for the RIG Presentations now available online

In recent years we have seen an explosion of resources (print and electronic) in the fields of Neuroscience in relation to both Religion and Education. The following site includes some selections that may help you explore these fields. Some of the material offered is designed to provide a basic introduction (either through selected texts or educationally oriented websites) while other materials may serve to encourage more fruitful exploration into specific sub-disciplines. We encourage your comments on other resources that should be considered. As a growing field we really need a wide array of materials to adequately capture our varied interests so feel free to contact us with additional materials we can offer either here or on our news page. All books can be purchased through the REA/APPRRE 2011 Ebookstore.

Introductory Texts

David A. Hogue Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past: Story, Ritual, and the Human Brain

Malcolm Jeeves and Warren S. Brown, Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, The New Science of Teaching and Learning

Steven R. Quartz and Terrence J. Sejnowski, Liars, Lovers and Heroes

David A. Sousa, Mind, Brain, and Education: Neuroscience Implications for the Classroom

Carl Zimmer, Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain–and How it Changed the World

Introductory Websites

Brain Facts. org (Society for Neuroscience)

The Brain Story (BBC)

The Brain Voyager Brain Tutor

Center for Neuroscience & Society: Neuroethics Open Educational Resource

Digital Anatomist

PBS The Secret Life of the Brain

Whole Brain Atlas

Brain Targeted Teaching (Johns Hopkins/Mariale Hardiman)

The Dana Foundation (Brain Research)

Is This Your Brain on God?

The Brain from Top to Bottom

Popular Readings (General Public)

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Mary Gordon, Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child

PBS, The Secret Life of the Brain website

Neuroscience General

Antonio Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Adele Diamond)

Eric R. Kandel, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

Joseph LeDoux,  Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are

Website for Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Neuroscience and Religion (Explorations and Issues)

Contemplative Mind and Society Website

Joel B. Green, Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible

Fetzer Institute on Science & Spirituality

Mark Graves, Mind, Brain and the Elusive Soul

Nancy Murphy and Warren S. Brown, Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?

Andrew Newberg, How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist

Neuroscience and Education (Explorations and Issues)

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Mind, Brain, and Education Science: A Comprehensive Guide to the New Brain-Based Teaching

Uta Frith, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education

NEnet – The NeuroEducational Research Network

OECD, Understanding the Brain: Towards a New Learning Science

James Zull, The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning

Short Video Clips

Video on Untangling the Brain from Nature Video

TED Talk: V.S. Ramanchandran on the Mind. Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

TED Talk: David Brooks on The Social Animal. Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences. Once you get past the comments on politics you gain insight on the power of neuroscience in conversation with religion, children and educational practice.

Changing Brains Website developed by Helen Neville and the University of Oregon Brain Development Lab addressing the basics of neuroplasticity and brain development in young children. Site includes video segments on vision, hearing, motor skills, attention, language, reading, math, music, as well as emotions and learning. Includes opportunity to order DVD.

Brains R Us describes a series of meetings/videos compiled on The Science Network (sponsored by UC San Diego, Vanderbilt University, The Salk Institute among others) which provides several presentations within the last ten years on brain and learning. TSN offers other challenging presentations including a series on religion and neuroscience titled Beyond Belief.