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Has Technology Changed Learning?

Joe FrascellaIs the way we get information and retain it for learning undergoing a radical transformation? We can see it happen with the mobile devices that easily access facts for us. Or as neuroscientist Dr. Joseph Frascella puts it, “We have remote memories we keep in our pockets.” But what happens to education when “facts” are no longer the relevant milestones for preparing children for the future world they’ll encounter?

That’s the kind of thing Joe Frascella thinks a lot about. Frascella is the Director of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. A neuroscientist, he’s also a father, an artist and a musician. He has a passion for improving education and a keen understanding of how the brain regulates behavior.

LearnNow Editor-in-Chief Robin Stevens Payes has worked with Joe for the past several years on creating high school neuroscience education outreach, and was interested in understanding his take on learning and the brain. To hear more of this interview focusing on the topic of addiction, please visit NIDA’s teen-oriented Sara Bellum Blog.