Core faculty member in the Department of Basic Sciences
In her research, Dr. Davis focuses on how people learn. She has studied the physiology of neurons in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in learning and memory. She has searched for molecules involved in synapse formation and stabilization, processes that are involved in re-wiring the brain and thought to be essential cellular processes that occur with learning. Currently, she investigates how students learn most effectively in the physiology classroom. Collaborating with others, she develops and tests activities and teaching approaches designed to help students learn and understand physiology more effectively. (see non-truncated notes)
Dr. Davis believes that knowledge is empowering; knowledge can be used to achieve goals, create solutions to problems and make well-informed decisions that positively impact health, well-being and improve the quality of our lives. As a neuroscience researcher, yoga and physiology instructor, and parent, she believes that the path to becoming a successful learner, requires developing metacognitive awareness (knowing what you know) and metacognitive skills (planning, monitoring, and revising the learning process for success). In her classroom, students explore what they know and also what they do not yet understand, try new approaches for acquiring knowledge and they are rewarded for taking risks to engage in reflective learning as part of vibrant community . Dr. Davis takes great pleasure in helping students learn physiology.
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