What sparks your desire for discovery? Sometimes a (seemingly) chance conversation, observation, or glance at a headline opens the door to a new project or path in life. For people with an interest in teaching and learning, this enthusiasm often prompts a desire to share one’s new findings with others.

In this video, Janet Zadina, co-author of College Reading: The Science and Strategies of Expert Readers, describes what drew her to research in the field of educational neuroscience. She also discusses her current research on the impact of stress and trauma on learning and shares her passion for helping other instructors deal more effectively with these issues in their classes and with their students.

Have you had an “a-ha” moment that changed the course of your career or deepened your understanding of the teaching and learning process? Share it with us in the comments section.