Joanna Manatt-Schottleutner, Reese Gregory, Karen Knaus (University of Colorado – Denver, USA)
In an age when the mind can finally begin to be understood through philosophy, psychology, and chemistry, educators and scientists alike must use each of these disciplines to enhance the comprehension of their students and peers. Our group is particularly interested in proposed models for information-processing and how they might relate to molecules recently identified as important to memory and the acquisition of knowledge. Every student is interested in learning and memory, yet how their underlying mechanisms and pathways might be used in chemical education seems to be an area that is relatively unexplored. This project involves the development of a context-based course that educates students about key molecules of the mind with respect to memory and learning and highlights how that information can be tailored for use at every level of chemical education. The course will provide an interdisciplinary forum for integrating topics in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, cognitive neuroscience, neurophysiology, and chemical education.