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TNT - Myth-Busting: The Seductive Nature of Neuromyths

Abstract: Many individuals have misconceptions about how the brain works. For example, do we really only use 10% of our brain? Or, I am such a right-brained thinker! These myths are often promulgated by the mass media, Hollywood, and a distortion of a few empirical studies. During this Nerd Talk, Dr. Aaron Richmond will discuss the research he and his students have conducted on the most common neuromyths, why we are susceptible to these neuromyths, and how to avoid susceptibility to future myths.

Bio: Aaron S. Richmond is a professor of educational psychology and human development at Metropolitan State University of Denver. With almost a decade of professional teaching experience, Dr. Richmond has taught over a dozen different psychology and education courses. Dr. Richmond approaches teaching by focusing on model teaching skills, such as, engaging students, being caring, respectful, and prepared. As a result of his approach and dedication to teaching, Dr. Richmond has garnered several awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring. In more than 70 peer reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters Dr. Richmond has explored effective pedagogical approaches to instruction in both k-12 and higher education. He specifically investigates cognitive and elaborative processes, model teaching competencies, the efficacy of instructional strategies, and various other topics in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Furthermore, as evident by publishing and presenting research with over 25 undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Richmond strongly believes in mentoring students through the research process in hopes to help shape future leaders in psychology and SoTL research.

Earlier Event: December 2
Ravin' Wolf
Later Event: December 8
Skellenger and Reid Duo