Applying Brain Research


In the 1990s, scientists began using Functional MRIs (fMRIs) to see how the brain functions. A fMRI is different than a normal MRI that looks at the structure of the brain. Check out John Medina’s website on brain rules. ” Brain Rules by John Medina.

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Brain Boogie @ATD2015

Origin Learning

The human brain is full of mysteries! The Brain Boogie session by Dr. Andre Vermeulen , on Sunday, May 17 at ATD ICE 2015 was all about understanding this wonderful gift called the brain. Highlights of the session include “10 Brain Fitness Exercises to Rock Your Brain”.

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What Happens in the Brain When You learn a Language?

Your Training Edge

What exactly happens to your brain when you’re in the process of learning a foreign language? Well, the brain literally expands. Your Brain Expands. Learning a second language can cause your brain to grow in size.

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Dude, Where’s My car? Fixing Brain Fog

Learning Rebels

Brain fog. Brain fog, UGH. Technically, brain fog is the feeling of confusion, forgetfulness, or a lack of focus. Traditionally, our thoughts have been that brain fog is something that happens from time to time. Let’s help others empty their heads of brain fog.

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The "Brains" Behind the Brains


Someone with brains. Every once in a while (for me more often than most, I’m sure), don’t you stop and think, “Who came up with that? ” or “HOW in the world does this work?” And the answer is always – someone smart. And lots of them

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Brain Rules for Classes


Brain Brain Rules Education elearning instructional design John Medina Learning brain rules presentationsOne of the biggest reasons people like learning online, especially late at night, is that it's a great way to get to sleep. Just joking.

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Brain matters

Jay Cross

Educators from Around the World Discuss How to Make Everyone a Genius at Brain Matters 2015: Bring Out Your Inner Genius. Attendees will get a deeper understanding of their own brains and some practical tips for achieving peak performance.

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Pick my brain?

Clark Quinn

It’s a continual bane of a consultant’s existence that there are people who want to ‘pick your brain’ It’s really asking for free consulting, and as such, it’s insulting. However, there are quite legitimate ways to pick my brain and I thought I’d mention a couple. The post Pick my brain?

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Lumosity Review: Do Brain Training Games Make You Smarter?

Origin Learning

There is a plethora of online games out there that promise to make you more intelligent if you signup with them and follow a disciplined brain-training regime. The game starts with a basic free version that assigns you a daily brain workout by letting you play 3 games each day.

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This Is Your Brain on Learning

CLO Magazine

It’s no secret that there’s an ongoing change in how learning happens — and it’s in part due to leaps in our understanding of how the brain works. “We The growing body of research reveals fundamental things L&D professionals can do to make sure brain science is built in to learning.

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Big Brained: Smart Ways to Look at eLearning Development

eLearning Brothers

To help us understand how people pay attention, remember content, and ultimately act on it, we look at the field of neuroscience, which reveals insights on how the brain processes information and tends to remember it – or, more often – forget it. Stuck in an eLearning development rut?

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SME Brains

Clark Quinn

One of the artifacts about how our brain works is that we compile knowledge away. As I push for better learning design, I’m regularly reminded that working with subject matter experts (SMEs) is critical, and problematic. What makes SMEs has implications that are challenging but also offers a uniquely valuable perspective. I want to review some of those challenges and opportunities in one go.

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This is your Brain on Games

Your Training Edge

This is your Brain on Games - The science behind gaming that proves gamification and simulation make sense. Computer and video games can actually be looked at as a form of ‘brain training’; it’s an intuitive way to learn things (and actually retain what is learned).

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5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn

Dashe & Thomson

If you want to create powerful learning experiences, it’s very helpful to get an understanding of how the brain works. While technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly. Learning Brain Rules

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Your Brain on Learning

CLO Magazine

When the brain learns, it acquires information through a person’s various senses, and this information travels along the synapses to the short-term memory. But only in roughly the past decade have conversations on how the brain learns appeared in talent management circles.

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Keeping Your Learners’ Attention: How Our Brain Decides What to Focus On


Candy Crush is calling our name… In John Medina’s book, Brain Rules , we learn how the brain works. The human brain has spotlights that switch our attention based on triggers sent from our senses. But the reality is, the brain cannot multitask.

Podcast: Dr. Greg Gage – Backyard Brains – Neuroscience for Everyone!


Greg Gage is a neuroscientist, biomedical engineer, co-founder of Backyard Brains, and TED Fellow. Featured Podcasts backyard brains brain electricity Greg Gage neural network neuroscience science scientists TEDHe spent many years as an electrical engineer designing retail systems before returning to grad school to pursue his passion for neuroscience.

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Supporting our Brains

Clark Quinn

One of the ways I’ve been thinking about the role mobile can play in design is thinking about how our brains work, and don’t. It came out of both mobile and the recent cognitive science for learning workshop I gave at the recent DevLearn.

Always Said The Brain Rules!


I always knew that it’s all in my head, that my brain ruled and not my heart. It’s taken years of work in the Neurosciences to get to the point where they are realizing that they hardly know anything at all about the way the brain really works. John Medina, author of Brain Rules, is [.]. Brain Brain Rules Education instructional design John Medina Learning

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Brain Dead Spaces


“There is no greater anti-brain environment than the classroom and cubicle.” ” Since most of us spend most of our time in them, it’s amazing we learn anything or get anything done, Check out John Medina’s new multimedia interactive website on brain and learning here.

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At The Brain Gym


A Brain Gym might just be the new espresso maker of the next decade. Brain Education LearningLike I said, in this new global hyper-competitive digital economy, only the companies with the highest Corporate IQ will win.

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Simple Brain Map

Jay Cross

Brain Science

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Dr. Greg Gage – Backyard Brains – Neuroscience for Everyone!


Dr. Greg Gage is a neuroscientist, biomedical engineer, co-founder of Backyard Brains , and TED Fellow. Don’t miss his TED Talks and check out Backyard Brains. TED Talk: How to Control Someone Else’s Arm With Your Brain. Listen to Podcast: [link].

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This is Your Brain on eLearning/Online Learning


eLearning, also known as online learning, isn’t just good for a company’s bottom line; it is also excellent for the human brain. This is Your Brain on eLearning/Online Learning. A brain that regularly participates in online learning is a happy brain. This is good news for a brain because learning delivered over a period of weeks is more likely to be remembered and prevents a person from feeling overwhelmed. Online learning is good for the human brain.

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Brain science meets social media

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

Brain learning is currently a hot topic in the Netherlands amongst learning professionals. They interviewed various scientists and are translating new insights from brain science into practical consequences for organising effective learning situations.

Is your learning environment brain-friendly?


As L&D professionals, having a basic understanding of the inner workings of the brain can help us develop content and environments that are conducive to learning and retention. Download The Brain-Friendly Checklist to receive: An overview on brain regions and functions.

Break Out the Crayons – Your Brain Needs to Color!


They get to express themselves artistically, which can help improve self-confidence and stimulates multiple parts of the brain. Your brain waves change from beta waves , which are highly focused on a decision and/or task, to alpha waves, which are associated with feelings of relaxation.

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MOOCs, Games, and the Brain

Your Training Edge

Part of the problem is that the traditional models of education and training aren’t brain-friendly, meaning that they are completely removed from how people actually learn. Here are some ways MOOCs promote brain-friendly training programs: No more long boring lectures.

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Your Bayesian Brain – Are you wired for statistics?


You may have a Bayesian brain. So what does all this math have to do with the brain? In other words, they are using Bayesian analysis to predict the likelihood that the brain is using Bayesian analysis at the cellular level to interpret our world.

How to make brain-friendly learning that sticks (Expert interview)


What does it take to make brain-friendly learning? Stella offers six key ways you can work with the brain to help make learning stick, all wrapped up in the useful (and brain friendly) acronym: LEARNS. Learning design: meet brain science. It’s basic brain science.

Brain-Based Application Systems Training


Then guess what your brain is thinking… This is a brain-based application systems training quiz. Guess What! Test your guessabililty! Imagine you’re learning a new software application your company is rolling out. Read what you hear. Seriously Seriously, systems training on generic content, far away in time of the actual launch, no […]. elearning Gamification, Game-based learning and Game-thinking L&D

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What Happens in a Story…Happens in Your Brain

Kapp Notes

The process consisted of the participants reading a story phrase by phrase and the researchers scanning areas of the brain with a 3-T Siemens Vision MRI scanner to observe whether or not corresponding brain activities occurred.

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The Brain Science of Keeping Resolutions


The Brain on Change. One of the key points in that article is that our brain is structured with one primary purpose: to keep us alive so that we can transmit our genes to the next generation. Changing the Brain to Change Behavior. Rich Brain/Poor Brain.

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Brain rule #11

Clive on Learning

Rule 11: Male and female brains are different In chapter 11 of Brain Rules, John Medina enters that domain that wise people usually find it safer to avoid - gender differences. So I'll just pass on some highlights: "Men's and women's brains are different structurally and biochemically - but we don't know if those differences have significance." And given the great influence of brain biology on behaviour, it is also simplistic to invoke a purely social explanation.

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3 Brain science insights about adult learning


Not so long ago people believed that we only use around 10% of our brain capacity and that once a neuron dies, the brain loses it forever. And neuroscience placed the 10% usage of the brain right next to the other erroneous beliefs.

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Non-invasive Brain Surgery

Clark Quinn

The brain is arguably the most complex thing in the known universe. Well, we do know that the brain can rewire itself, if we do it right. And if we design learning, e.g. instruction, we can potentially change the brain without surgery. However, (and yes, this is my point) treating it as anything less than brain surgery (or rocket science), isn’t doing justice to what’s known and what’s to be done. Again, the brain is complex, and consequently so is learning design.

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MOOCs and Brain-Based Learning: The Perfect Combination?

Your Training Edge

Over the past few years, there has also been a huge amount of new research into the brain basis of learning, which has lead to a host of new and more effective teaching strategies. We’ll also look at some ways to effectively implement brain-based learning in MOOCs. Brains like novelty.

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