Neuroscience keeps moving forward at astonishing speed. Just this summer a new map of the brain was publish—with 100 new regions. That’s more than twice as many as were previously identified.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is used to measure changes in blood flow. More cerebral blood flow means more neurons are being activated. That’s how scientists can tell which parts of the brain are working.
Someday, students may come to school with their own fMRI thinking caps. Then teachers can easily know which students are using inefficient parts of their brains and can easily correct the problem.
In the meantime, it’s exciting that science is getting closer to a complete understanding of learning and how our brains work.