Northwestern professor attends San Francisco brain conference

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Northwestern professor attends San Francisco brain conference

Dr. Adam Gazzaley with Dr. Mark Davis Dr. Mark Davis (right), Northwestern professor of psychology, with Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a speaker at the Spring Learning and Brain Conference in San Francisco, Calif.

Dr. Mark Davis, professor of psychology at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently attended the Spring Learning and Brain Conference in San Francisco, Calif.

The three-day conference focused on using brain science to boost social and emotional skills in students and was sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Education and Stanford University.

Speakers for the conference were internationally recognized scientists and educators who shared current brain research on how to maximize learning in the “Me Generation” digital age.  A few of the many scientists included Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D., author of numerous neuropsychology textbooks; Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., host of the PBS special “The Distracted Mind” and researcher on use of video game training to enhance cognitive control in older adults; and Harvard Child Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, M.D. and author of best seller “Driven to Distraction.”

Davis and his wife Jan, who is a public school educator, both attended the conference.

“We’ve been attending the Harvard-sponsored programs for the past five years in Boston and San Francisco and can’t believe the value of the research that is being done in the area of how educators can use brain science to help them reach and teach their students, Davis said.

Dr. Edward Hallowell with Dr. Mark Davis (From left) Learning and Brain Conference speaker Dr. Edward Hallowell joins Dr. Mark Davis (right) for a visit after the conference.

“Learning has changed in this new digital age, and we need to recognize that the needs and learning styles of today’s ‘Generation Me’ students are rapidly evolving.”

Davis added that he is excited about finding opportunities to share what is currently known about the learning brain and looks forward to sharing findings with public school teachers, college instructors and any others who are interested.

For more information on the psychology program at Northwestern contact Davis at (580) 327-8447 or