The Science of Learning

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Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing …

The Brain

Researchers reveal the human brain remembers visual features backwards

Rethinking How the Human Brain Remembers<p>New research from scientists at the Zuckerman Institute of Columbia University has turned our classical …

The Brain

Brain wiring affects how people perform specific tasks

The way a person’s brain is “wired” directly impacts how well they perform simple and complex tasks, according to a new study from researchers at …

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

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look At The Neuroscience Behind The Movement

The popularity of mindfulness in the western world has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s on the cover of magazines and appears on the evening news. Celebrities swear by it, scientists study it, monks still practice it and business leaders use it to thwart burnout.<p>As mindfulness becomes a buzzword …

Mindfulness

Something in our brain is making these spirals look like they are moving

Snakes on a plane.<p>Unlike actual snakes, you don’t need to keep a keen eye on the spiraling ones above. In fact, for your sanity, it’s probably best to ignore them: These playful circles stay still when you stare them down one at a time, but spin frustratingly when spied all together.<p>Akiyoshi …

The Brain

Retrieval practice with Jeff Karpicke

Our topic today delves into how our brain remembers what we learn, in particular the role that retrieval of memory plays in learning.<p>Jeff Karpicke, a …

‘Owning’ Your Mistake Can Enhance Chances of Future Success

Profound new research suggests the common strategy to not dwell on mistakes and to move on to the next experience, may be unproductive.Ohio State …

Self-improvement

Want a Better Memory? Science Says This Is the One Tip You Keep Forgetting

If you have ever wondered, "How could I forget about that?" there's a solution that will sharpen your memory.<p>Wondering what you forgot today? Was it an important meeting? Was it your house keys as you rushed out the door? Or maybe you were looking for your sunglasses and didn't remember that yes, …

The Brain

Why 'Learning Styles' and Other Education Neuromyths Won't Go Away

Exposure to neuroscience can help dispel—but doesn't eliminate—beliefs in neuromyths among educators and the general public, a study finds.

Pedagogy

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

Attention And The 8-Second Attention Span

Debunking The 8-Second Attention Span<p>In 2015, Microsoft published a study with an infographic that shows our attention span at 12 seconds in the year …

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TED Talks

Design Principles for Reducing Cognitive Load

Every time you visit a website, a process of learning is initiated in the brain. Whether it’s the navigation, layout, or that auto-rotating image …

Facebook shows off its brain interface research and... wow

What if you could talk through your skin? What if you had a mouse you could control with your brain?<p>These are just two of the mind-blowing questions …

Amazing

Our Puny Human Brains Are Terrible at Thinking About the Future

Our future selves are strangers to us.This isn’t some poetic metaphor; it’s a neurological fact. FMRI studies suggest that when you imagine your …

The Brain
Uber

There's a New Cognitive Bias in Town: SPOT

We write often on <i>Big Think</i> about cognitive biases, and researchers in England have just discovered a new one we didn’t know about. You may be …

Behavior

Why Do Our Recorded Voices Sound Weird to Us?

I have a big, dumb, deep, goofy voice.<p>But I’m reminded of it only when I hear a recording of myself while playing back an interview — or when friends do impressions of me, lowering their voices several octaves.<p>My high school classmate Walter Suskind has one of the deepest voices I’ve ever heard in …

Scientists Catch Slimes Learning, Even Though They Have 0 Neurons

We generally assume thought and memory occur within the brain’s neurons, but there are some examples in nature that make us wonder if that’s really …

The great goldfish attention span myth – and why it’s killing content marketing | LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

<i>Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the EMEA Marketing Solutions blog.</i><p>At this point in my career, I think I've lost count of the number …

Digital Marketing

The Attention Span Statistic Fallacy

The conventional wisdom these days is that our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. We are always looking down at our phones, not looking …

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms<p>It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and …

Pedagogy

The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies, is both exciting and scary. It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making medical diagnoses, but it’s scary to consider the social …

Intelligence

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 Brain

Here's the cheat sheet for the 4 conundrums of the universe that our brains attempt to solve with what we call biases: https://t.co/cMwHJhElVL

The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

By Clark QuinnIn most any profession, there is a body of knowledge that drives decisions. Whether it’s medicine-based physiology or flight in …

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 …

Learning