Guest Post by Samuel Seidenberg:
In this energetic TED Talk, Eddie Obeng explains that the rate of technological, social, and cultural change is beginning to outpace the rate at which we learn how to react to new things. In other words, we’ve got to Learn Faster.
Guest Post by Samuel Seidenberg:
Greater understanding of our brain’s functioning, abilities, and limitations allows us to constantly improve the productivity of our study sessions, working hours (and after hours), and teaching skills. We’ve already given you tips on how to keep your brain in shape or how to boost your brain’s abilities through exercise.
With a different approach, this article published by OnlinePHDPrograms.com shares the 10 most significant breakthroughs that recent research has unveiled on the science of leaning, giving you valuable insights on how to make the best use of your brain without wasting energy.
We’ve discussed why search engines like Google, should not be “replacing” your memory, as well as given you 6 lingering obstacles to using technology in schools. That’s because whether we’re digital natives or digital immigrants, we’ve all both witnessed and experienced how recent technology – specifically the Internet – has impacted individual lyfestyles,working standards, and social norms.
Progressively, we’ve successfully accepted technology as our personal time savior while integrating it into most of our daily activities. Yet, our brains could be having a harder time adjusting. In the following article originally published by smh.com.au, Susan Greenfield fills us in on why, unlike us, our brains may not be great fans of the new kid in town. (more…)
Have you ever tried remembering a movie, TV show you watched as a kid, or basically any story you don’t completely remember with your friends? Whether you’re reminiscing about that crazy night you all had New Year’s Eve two years ago, how you and your girlfriend/boyfriend met, or how much fun that dinner party was six months ago, you’re very likely to remember the same elements, while commonly leaving out the exact same facts as your friends. There’s actually a scientific reason for that: “Infectious Memory”.
While we’ve already discussed ways to improve long-term memory, infectious memory remains a mechanism well anchored in the way our brains function. Today we share this article written by Dr. Bill Klemm and published by thankyoubrain.blogspot.com, on the existence and influence of infectious memory on the human brain. Let us know what you think by commenting below!
Conscient of the direct impact of stress on learning efficiency, we’ve already given you tips on how to manage stress, and given you (guilt-free) reasons to take a vacation from your job. Today we’re filling you in on an engaging study we read about in the Business Standard showing how stress will directly affect which memory system your brain uses when learning.
Feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below!
Guest Post by Samuel Seidenberg:
Conclusion: For study time, skip the tunes. If you’re a software developer, leave the background music on to keep your productivity at its peak. To complement your new language acquisition, learn to play an instrument as well.
You may have first heard it from your middle school music teacher: “Listen to Mozart while you study, it’ll increase your IQ!” This oft repeated “fact” has origins in a 1993 study published in Nature, which showed that a person’s spatial reasoning skills temporarily improved while listening to Mozart.1 The study was soon misquoted in a New York Times article, and the rumor began to spread that classical music “makes you smarter” and can serve as a study aid.
After filling you in on how to exercise your brain for better productivity and giving you tips on how to keep your brain in shape, it’s only natural that we’d let you know of a game more accessible than its reputation, more fun than most level 1 to 3 video games, and most importantly, better for your brain than most brain-exercising activities.
Here it goes: Chess. If you’re already a chess lover, the following article should make you feel awesome about your favorite game. If you’re not, you might want to read what onlinecourses.com‘s reported studies had to say about the game’s boosting powers over the brain. Feel free to comment below, we’d love to read your thoughts on these benefits or ideas on other “neuron-friendly” games!
Remember when we had to read an outdated map when driving to an unknown location? Thank god (and Google) for the numerous map applications our phones now grace us with. Our “notes” and “calendar” applications, reminding us of “to do” lists, family birthdays and weekly meetings have also been pretty convenient for all of us. Today, whether we seek to maximize productivity at work or simply carry out daily tasks, we carry the idea that technology will help make things faster and easier in the future. What if the coolest application was in our brain and all we needed was the promo code to unlock it?
Most of us do not love the mornings. We dread waking up, we’re groggy, and we hit the snooze button one too many times. But, as we’ve discussed before, morning routines directly impact our day, for better or for worse. Let’s focus on how our morning routines can improve our days.
Today we share a post from Lori Smith at PickTheBrain.com. She explains the three main steps to developing a nurturing morning routine. Please read along and share with us your morning routines and why they work for you. We’d love to get some tips! (more…)
If you have been following our blog posts at all, I’m sure it has become clear that we love to talk about sleep! In the past, we have expressed why sleep is so important and its significant connection to helping us learn. Not only have we have learned that sleeping allows our body to remember what’s important, but sleep also prepares our minds for future learning. Still yet, we have even provided tips on how to get a better night’s sleep and how to cure your insomnia.
But, have you ever wondered what dreaming has to do with all of this? Does dreaming play a role in our learning too? While pondering this question, I stumbled upon a very interesting article in Live Science that talks about a Harvard University study that tested my ever-present curiosity about dreaming and learning. Interestingly, the study discovered that dreaming does have a major influence on learning, memory, and even memory consolidation. (more…)