Here is a blog post about 12 TED talks on understanding the brain. This blog is not necessarily related to brain function and the link between learning, but incredibly interesting.

TED Blog

Read Montague is interested in the human dopamine system — or, as he puts it in this illuminating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, that which makes us “chase sex, food and salt” and therefore survive.

Specifically, Montague and his team at the Roanoke Brain Study are interested in how dopamine and valuation systems work when two human beings interact with each other. Twenty years ago, studying a topic like this was all but impossible because scientists relied on worms and rodents for insight into the brain. But today, in addition to animal research, neurobiologists have at their disposal functional MRI (fMRI), which allows them to make “microscopic blood flow movies” and map the activity of human brains in action.

“We have a behavioral superpower in our brain and it at least in part involves dopamine,” says Montague in this talk. “We can deny any instinct we have for survival…

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Architecture as Barrier

The Great Divide is a historical construction of both administrative practices and representational culture, making the division an especially deep canyon to cross. The division between principals and the rest of the school is so deeply woven in the working history and work culture of schools that only a tectonic shift in both culture and work practices can close the gap.                                    Kate Rousmaniere

The Great Divide

Chicago Site Research

For the trip to Chicago, I identified two different coworking spaces and a community center that would provide specific insights in to my project.  The SOS Community Center has already been posted, so its page can be found in the pdf attached.  Also in the pdf is another coworking site, Gensler’s Chicago office and the idea of Beta Space that Gensler is attempting to use to bring coworking to corporations.

Chicago Space Visits