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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Tip #619: Feelings, Cognition and Emotions

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We are not thinking machines that feel; rather, we are feeling machines that think.” Antonio Damasio

Did you know that emotions and feelings are not the same- and that feelings are cognitive? I certainly didn’t.

We tend to use “emotion” and “feeling” interchangeably. This is reinforced by their definitions (“feeling” is defined as “an emotional state or reaction”) and their synonyms (“feeling is a synonym for “emotion” and vice versa!).

So I was intrigued when I read a quote from Dr. Antonio Damasio, professor of neuroscience at the University of California (underlining emphasis added to this and to other quotes in this Tip):

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