Tip #749: Brain Facts That Influence Learning

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I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain.” Dr. Seuss

I save articles that catch my attention and this one, by Ben Nesvig, certainly did. In his article he identifies “5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn.” He posits that awareness of these five brain facts will enable instructional designers to create more effective learning programs.

Let’s look at each in turn.

  1. The unconscious mind rules the conscious mind.

Nesvig demonstrates this with an experiment. “While seated in a chair, extend your dominant leg and make small clockwise circles with the foot. While continuing to perform this motion, with your dominant hand, draw the number 6 in the air with your index finger.” If you’re like me, … Read the rest

Tip #621: Brain Facts

I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.” Dr. Seuss

This Tip is drawn from Ben Nesvig’s article: “5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn” in a May 28, 2014 Social Learning Blog. My comments are provided in the (parentheses).

His article builds nicely on recent Tips.

I’m just going to give you the highlights. It is definitely worth your time to read the entire (short) article at: http://www.dashe.com/blog/learning/five-brain-facts-learn/

According to Nesvig, there are 5 facts about the brain that we need to know if we want to create powerful learning experiences.

  1. The unconscious mind rules the conscious mind. This explains why it is often difficult to learn something new. “When designing learning,
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