Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections
- magnetoencephalography (MEG)
- A neuroimaging technique that detects the magnetic properties of electrical impulses resulting from neuronal communication to produce maps of brain activity relative to a task. MEG is used most typically for research purposes to investigate cognitive and psychological processes. The main strength of MEG is the high temporal resolution; the main limitation is the relatively limited spatial resolution. Based on these characteristics, MEG is most effective for investigating questions of timing in brain activity rather than where in the brain activity originates.
- A term describing personal knowledge about one's thinking processes, often in relation to learning. Metacognitive strategies target ways to self-scaffold and improve learning purposefully.
- mirror neurons
- Term describes an important neuroscience discovery at the turn of the 21st century regarding brain systems that show similar patterns of activation when engaged in, and observing others engaged in, familiar experiences.
- motor cortex
- An anatomical location in the brain in the posterior (back) region of the frontal lobe responsible for motor planning, control, and execution.