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By Bob Ryan | Ideas that shape the way we work, learn and teach

This New Brain Study Shows Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Mapping the creative network in the brain.<p>Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can …

The Brain

Creative thought has a pattern of its own, brain activity scans reveal

People who are flexible, original thinkers show signature forms of connectivity in their brains, study shows<p>Donatella Versace finds it in the conflict of ideas, Jack White under pressure of deadlines. For William S Burroughs, an old Dadaist trick helped: cutting pages into pieces and rearranging …

The Brain

Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

• <b>We often use genius to imply someone was born great.</b>• <b><br>Natural talent exists, but most people we consider geniuses still worked daily and put in considerable effort.</b>• <b><br>Reflecting for 10 minutes, reading for 20, and focusing for 30 minutes a day can help you get smarter at anything — even if you weren't</b> …

Creativity

Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero.” <i>— Charlie Munger, Self-made billionaire & Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner</i><p>Why did the busiest person in the world, former president Barack Obama, read an hour a day …

Peter Diamandis

It Takes 10,000 Hours to Become an Expert in Anything: Use These 4 Techniques

Mastering a skill takes serious time. Here's how to make the most out of the hours you put in towards mastering you craft.<p>10,000 hours.<p>That's how long it takes to master your craft, according to bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Whether you want to become a better leader, an expert in marketing …

The secret to creativity – according to science

Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that …

Creativity

How to Train Your Brain for Maximum Creativity. (Here's What the Science Says.)

For starters: If you want to be more creative, you aren't going to get there if your brain is constantly fighting off negative stress hormones.<p>Business success simply isn't going to happen without the creativity required to dream up new ideas and new visions for the future. Think about Steve Jobs, …

Creativity

Age old problem: how to stay clever for longer

There are ways to ward off dementia and the ill effects of brain ageing, say Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett<p>Sorry to break it to you, but there’s bad news. Your brain is shrinking (probably). None of us is getting any younger and time is increasingly taking its toll on our brains; our neurons …

It takes $1.7 million to get your kid into an elite college, according to rich people

• <b>Town & Country estimated that wealthy families spend $1.7 million per child to get them into the Ivy League.</b>• <b><br>Nursery school alone can run families more than $80,000.</b>• <b><br>The analysis reveals the steep discrepancies in educational access between wealthy and low-income families.</b><p>American families pay more …

Science Says Kids Who Become Great Leaders Have Parents Who Teach Them 8 Things

Have you taught your kids to be more persuasive? You should, because that will make them more successful.<p>Every extremely successful person I know -- and every great leader I know -- is extremely good at convincing other people to follow them, convincing other people that their ideas make sense, …

Former British MI6 spy reveals how to remember information without writing it down

• <b>A former MI6 spy says asking snoopy questions about particular pieces of intelligence is a good way to get killed under cover.</b>• <b><br>Instead spies should discretely tuck away important information in their memories.</b>• <b><br>To do this, he says you should combine the new information with old memories in a techinque</b> …

If You Want to Expedite Your Success, Learn How to Learn

Learning how to learn has been one of the most important skills I’ve acquired in my life. I learned how to learn in the Dojo (Karate School) and it …

Success

What We Fundamentally Misunderstand About How We Learn

Everyone can leverage a few basic techniques to learn just about anything.<p><i>What do most people misunderstand about the learning process? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Adam Lupu,</b> …

Learning

5 Things The World's Most Original Thinkers Have in Common

There is no single path to extraordinary success but there are some common attributes of great minds.<p>Originals drive creativity, innovation and ultimately change the world. History's best minds have a lot of things in common. Every great achievement you have heard about or probably used came from …

Creativity

DARPA's new brain device increases learning speed by 40%

Cheap and Non-Invasive<p>New research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has successfully …

The Brain

Elon Musk, Albert Einstein, and Richard Feynman Explain How to Learn Anything Faster

Two Nobel laureates and a super entrepreneur share their best tricks for faster learning.<p>In the video above the always entertaining Tim Ferriss explains the techniques he used to teach himself to play a song on the drums in front of a live audience in only week. This is indeed a fun feat that …

In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

When it comes to brain training, some workouts seem to work better than others.<p>A comparison of the two most common training methods scientists use to improve memory and attention found that one was twice as effective as the other. The more effective method also changed brain activity in a part of …

These 5 hacks can help you learn anything, according to a Stanford professor

Whether you are a student, a professional or an entrepreneur, learning is a vital part of getting ahead. But some people seem to be better learners …

Learning

3 ways to keep your brain young, according to neuroscientists

A recent study at Mass General found that when it comes to brain health, some people are able to maintain their acuity far better than others.<p>These "super-agers" are in their 60s and 70s, but can perform memory tests just as well as people in their 20s.<p>Another large-scale, longitudinal study out of …

Google’s WaveNet machine learning-based speech synthesis comes to Assistant

Last year, Google showed off WaveNet, a new way of generating speech that didn’t rely on a bulky library of word bits or cheap shortcuts that result in stilted speech. WaveNet used machine learning to build a voice sample by sample, and the results were, as I put it then, “eerily convincing.” …

Machine Learning

How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you’re not clear on what you’re …

Motivation

How to Teach Employees Skills They Don’t Know They Lack

After spending billions of dollars a year on corporate learning, U.S. companies probably assume that their employees have the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their jobs. The employees themselves probably think they’re prepared, too, having gone through these exercises. But according to …

The New England Journal of Medicine

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.

Neuroscience

The college lecture is dying. Good riddance.

<i>This is the first in</i> The Vanishing University, <i>a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America.</i><p>Right now, this very morning, thousands of young adults in the United States are scrambling through the same minor hell. They’ve woken up to the very last in a series of …

Education

Changing the Way We Think About Assessment

It seems like a blur now, the beginning of the summer. Almost like a dream when I had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most amazing …

Teaching

Your Brain Doesn't Like Classrooms. This MIT Blackjack Ace Figured Out How You Learn Best

After losing thousands at the card table, this founder learned about what risk really means.<p><i>Yuchun Lee, the son of a Taiwanese ship captain, earned concurrent bachelor's and master's degrees (in electrical engineering and computer science) at MIT and founded his second company while on the school's</i> …

Startups

9 high-impact books that will make you smarter every day

Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. The pursuit of knowledge is easier than it has ever been before.<p>Cultivating the mind is essential for your personal growth. Digging deeper will separate you from the …

Success

Belief in Neuromyths is Extremely Common

A new Frontiers in Psychology study reveals many teachers believe in common misconceptions about learning and the brain. Researchers say they are …

Neuroscience