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How Brain Scanning Could Become A New Education Tool

Researchers want to give new meaning to the idea of 'plugging in' students to maximize their performance.

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Ofir Dor

TEL AVIV — Imagine an education environment where, on the first day of school, each pupil is given a sticker — a transparent, almost invisible adhesive with wireless electrodes — to put on their foreheads. It would measure the children’s brain activity during class and help adjust the learning process to their particular skills and needs.

Assessing their brain activity, it would help determine when a pupil is not attentive, and adapt accordingly, choosing when to offer more or less information. It would be able to find out whether students might learn better through a story, a comic or a video, and whether they need memory exercises.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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