Students paying attention in class may have similar brain electrical patterns, a new study shows.
A teacher standing at the front of the classroom may see all of the students facing her. But are their fixed stares the look of rapt attention? Or the glassy-eyed gaze of daydreaming? Maybe the teacher should try reading their brain activity to find out. When a class full of students is paying attention, their brains sync up, a new study shows. For the first time, researchers took the science of brain activity out of the lab and into the classroom. And they found that when students are focused — on the material or on each other — their brainwaves tend to develop similar patterns.