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A Lunchtime Talk with Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch

layneGetting to the Heart of the Brain:  Talent in Unexpected Places 

TUESDAY JANUARY 14 IN THE DINING HALL AT NOON

Do you wonder how you are shaped by the world, how it shapes the way you think and inspires you to create? Why storytelling is such a powerful way to communicate a lesson, impart meaning and preserve a history? Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch, former middle school teacher and educational psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study and George Mason University, will talk about how the brain reads, calculates, navigates, feels, develops and ages. She will discuss where imagination comes from and whether talent arises from your intelligence or your creativity. Her groundbreaking neuroimaging research examines the relationship between talent and disability in autistic children and those with attention disorders, how the physical, emotional, and social environments influence problem-solving and ingenuity, and how learning arises from the ‘outside in’ and the ‘inside out.’

Layne Kalbfleisch is the recipient of the Scientist Idol award from the National Science Foundation and contributor to the international publication, Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science. In her most recent article, Layne explores how the left brain-right brain distinction has no basis in science. It can be read online in the Roeper Review.