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Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center


Narrator:       This is Science Today. The Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, or TDLC, is one of six Science of Learning Centers that are sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Headquartered at the University of California, San Diego, TDLC's director, Gary Cottrell says their interdisciplinary team of scientists and educators are seeking to understand how humans learn and the role of timing in learning.

Cottrell:         So, there's things like the timing of feedback. When is a good time to give feedback to the learner? There's the role of timing down at the level of neurons, brain cells, so how neurons learn to connect to one another.

Narrator:       Projects include looking at how Brain-Computer Interfaces can assist people with injuries or diseases that affect their ability to move and communicate. The National Science Foundation recently gave the TDLC an $18 million renewal grant.

Cottrell:         It gives us money to fund these collaborations between the researchers, which is the real engine of research for TDLC.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.