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Brain Waves

Where does creativity come from? Many researchers believe all babies are born with the potential to be creative thinkers and problems solvers. The big question is, how do you maximize that potential? New brain imaging technology allows neuroscientists to find out what happens when babies learn new things. It can also point out the best ways for educators to make that learning happen. Creativity: it's not just about making art, it's an approach to life.

"Brain Waves" was reported and produced by Marcie Sillman and edited by Jim Gates.


Brain Waves: Peeking Under The Hood

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

At the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Science, co–directors Patricia Kuhl and Andrew Meltzoff are using new technology to look at what happens in babies' brains when they learn new things. The findings could result in new ways to teach.

Listen to this story spacer Jumping brain grafitti sticker in Barcelona. Photo by C–Monster.

Brain Waves: This is Your Brain On Art

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Educators want to know how to engage more kids in classroom learning. Recent studies show that infusing reading, writing and arithmetic with art can help. A Puget Sound area organization, Arts Impact, pairs up artists and teachers to put the studies into action.

Listen to this story spacer Dr. David R. Montgomery, head of the UW Geomorphology Research Group.

Brain Waves: Idea Man

Friday, June 25, 2010

What does it mean to lead a creative life? Meet MacArthur "Genius" David Montgomery. By day, he studies the impact of soil erosion on human civilization. By night, Montgomery plays in a band. Montgomery says music or science, there's no difference in his creative process.

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