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Center uses science to inform education

Narrator:       This is Science Today. One of the goals of the University of California, San Diego's Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, or TDLC, is using science to inform education. TDLC director Gary Cottrell explains that understanding how the brain learns is going to help researchers and educators alike better understand how children learn in the classroom.

Cottrell:         Outreach means that we're giving out information to people in schools, to educators, to the public. Inreach is a word that we invented to mean educators coming to us and asking us questions that they need answered.

Narrator:       Projects at the TDLC range from looking into the best interventions for children struggling with English language and reading skills to how musical training affects brain development.

Cottrell:         From our projects, we hope to gain a better understanding of how the brain learns and how the role of time and timing interacts with that. If we can understand timing and its role in learning, I think we can improve teaching.

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