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By JD Dillon | Articles exploring the science of learning ...

Despite what you've been told, you aren't 'left-brained' or 'right-brained'

The brain is more complex than corporate team-building exercises suggest, but the myth is unlikely to die anytime soon<p>From self-help and business success books to job applications and smartphone apps, the theory that the different halves of the human brain govern different skills and personality …

The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

FeatureThe Cognitive Science Behind Learning<p>The most complex thing in the known universe is the human brain. We can change learning practices for the …

Machine Learning

Science of Learning 101: One (Important) Reason We Can’t Train Everyone the Same

In the last few months I’ve been discussing expertise—the building of knowledge and skills that allow people to perform at much higher levels of …

Pedagogy

Processing high-level math concepts uses the same neural networks as the basic math skills a child is born with

Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and John Nash are all known for their amazing math abilities. People like them are certainly special. …

Mathematics

Humans Have Unique Brain ‘Fingerprints,’ Scientists Confirm

Our brains’ connections are so unique, they can be used to identify individuals. People say “our brains are wired differently,” and now a team of …

The Brain

10 Most Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments

Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments.<p>“I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things …

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

A Wandering Mind Isn't Just A Distraction. It May Be Your Brain's Default State.

This realization may help us better understand creativity and mental illness.<p>Even if you don’t consider yourself a daydreamer, you probably spend a <i>lot</i> of time in a state of mental wandering ― it’s natural for your mind to drift away from the present moment when you’re in the shower, walking to work …

Mindfulness

Good News: You've Got a Better Brain Than You Think

If babies could gloat, they would. The rest of us may have it all over them when it comes to size, strength and basic table manners, but brain power? …

The Brain

Exercise might be more than good for your brain — it could make you more creative as well

Exercise might not literally be magic, but when it comes to physical and mental transformation, it's probably the closest thing we've got. Fitness fanatics develop what sometimes seems — especially when you look at something like Crossfit or ultra-running from the outside — like cultish devotion to …

Creativity

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Broca and Wernicke Are Dead – It's Time to Rewrite the Neurobiology of Language, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers argue the Classic Model of the neurological basis of language function is obsolete in a new study.Source: BPS.Flick through any …

Neuroscience

Sexual Pleasure Literally Puts You Into A Trance

Rhythm holds the key to good sex, a study suggests.<p>Many people feel that they “lose control” in the climax of a sexual encounter, and research shows this is a very apt description of what’s going on in the brain.<p>In a paper in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology last month, …

The Brain

Researchers say brains not evolved for multi-tasking

Ever find yourself juggling multiple devices at once? You're not alone. Just don't call it multi-tasking. UCSF brain researcher Adam Gazzaley, M.D., …

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Mindfulness

10 Things You Might Not Know About Attention

The better we understand attention, the better we’re able to support learning. So what do we need to know about attention? I’ve been digging around …

Pedagogy

5 Barriers to Behavior Change

Have you ever had learners who knew the right thing to do, but still weren’t doing it? In particular, they had the knowledge, skill, and sometimes …

Human Resources

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast, and how to know what needs to be remembered for later.<p>Great, how am I supposed to …

Cognitive Science

How To Rescue Your Attention Span From Information Overload

The average person's attention span is now less than that of a goldfish's. Stop the onslaught and regain your focus.<p>We like to know what’s going on. Eighty-seven percent of respondents to a December 2014 Pew Internet and American Life survey said that the internet and mobile phones help them learn …

The mind isn't locked in the brain but extends far beyond it

Where is your mind? Where does your thinking occur? Where are your beliefs? René Descartes thought that the mind was an immaterial soul, housed in …

Researchers have found new insight into how sleep loss impacts memory

<i>This article was originally published on</i> Medical Daily.<p>It is a known fact that the lack of sleep impacts cognitive processes such as attention, …

ELC 034: Psychology, Behavior and Design

If we want to facilitate behavior, performance and attitude changes, than we need to spend more time and effort thinking about the psychology of the …

Psychology

Why Diets Don't Work: The Brain

<i>Image: venimo via Adobe Stock</i><p><b>The role of the brain</b><p>Usually my clients come to me because they're tired of the effort it takes to keep dieting -- they're fed up with losing weight only to regain it -- (often regaining to an even higher weight) over and over again. They cannot understand why they …

Why complaining rewires your brain to be negative

SAN DIEGO - Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation.<p>Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but …

Self-improvement

KQED

In “Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird,” poet Wallace Stevens takes something familiar—an ordinary black bird—and by looking at it from many …

10 of The Most Widely Believed Myths in Psychology

In a sense we're all amateur psychologists – we've got our own first-hand experience at being human, and we've spent years observing how we and …

Psychology

Why eyewitnesses get it wrong

Scott Fraser studies how humans remember crimes — and bear witness to them. In this powerful talk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he …

TED Talks