The Top 3 US Brain and Cognitive Science University Programs


From marketing to education, neuroscience, cognitive science, and behavioral experts are in high demand in the corporate world. Universities across the country are rising to the occasion by offering programs that focus heavily on behavioral and cognitive science.

Deeper learning

Learning with e's

Craik and Lockhart claimed that the deeper the processing, the stronger will be the trace of that memory, and thus recall will take less cognitive effort. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior , 11 (6), 671-684. This is number 5 in my blog series on major learning theories.

Social Cognitive Processing

Clark Quinn

In an earlier post , I tried to convey the advantages of social activities in formal learning from the cognitive processing perspective, but my diagram apparently didn’t work for everyone.

What matters is the question not the content: “One Idea + One Learning” = “Contexsual Learning”

Vignettes Learning

storytelling mentoring cognition stories tacit knowledge core capabilities informal learning adult learningSynthesis: Contexsual Learning involves experts’, learning facilitators’ and learners’ participation to address technical learning issues.

Ideas 31

Aging. Can We Enhance People's Cognitive Outcomes?

Will at Work Learning

If you work in the workplace learning-and-performance field, one of your jobs is to ensure that employees are maximizing their cognitive performance, their decision making, and their overall work output. If people's cognitive abilities decreased with age, that would be a problem.

Twitter’s Impact on Your Brain-Same as Bilingualism

Kapp Notes

Bilingual people aren’t cognitively smarter, but they are more cognitively flexible,” she added. Practice at constant switching improves an aspect of their cognitive abilities. This according to a post on the Wall Street Journal’s blog titled Social Media’s Effect on Learning by Maureen Scarpelli.

Brain science for learning: 10 experts to follow

Sponge UK

Cognitive science (often called brain science) is an exciting field of study that covers many disciplines. Dr Itiel Dror Senior Cognitive Neuroscience Researcher at University College London, Dr Itiel Dror’s research has featured in The Economist and the journal, Nature.

Brain 33

Cognitive Age, Training, Memory, Instructional Technologies, & Captcha

Big Dog, Little Dog

The Cognitive Age - New York Times. We're moving into a more demanding cognitive age. But the cognitive age paradigm emphasizes psychology, culture and pedagogy - the specific processes that foster learning.

Three Guidelines for Effectively Integrating Games in the Classroom

Kapp Notes

A Meta-Analysis of the Cognitive and Motivational Effects of Serious Games. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Getting Into the Flow: How Casual Games Increase Learning Engagement


Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 15(3), 41-63. Cognitive and neural mechanisms of emotional memory. Trends in cognitive sciences, 5(9), 394-400. People are more disengaged than ever.

Games 89

Why Microlearning Drives Over 20% More Information Retention Than Long-Form Training


So a microlearning moment, in this model, presents a complete learning cycle of cognitive work and reflection. Journal of Educational Computing Research 51.4 The world of enterprise L&D has yet another reason to be buzzing about microlearning.


Kapp Notes

In fact, Michael Grahame Moore editor of the American Journal of Distance Education, writes that interactivity between a learner and the content is “the defining characteristic of education. Without it there cannot be education, since it is the process of intellectually interacting with content that results in changes in the learner’s understanding, the learner’s perspective, or the cognitive structures of the learner’s mind [1].”. The Advantages of Interactivity.

Management 3.0, Cognitive Load, Prototyping, Objects, Audio, & Broken

Big Dog, Little Dog

Reducing Extraneous Cognitive Load by Accounting for Individual Differences - Rob Barton. Luckily, a wide range of techniques employed in information architecture, journalism, usability engineering and interface design are available. Management 3.0 - Here We Are. Now What?

Does audio narration help eLearners?


The first, cognitive load theory (see Sweller & Chandler, 1994 to learn more) states that our working memory may be overburdened when multiple sources of information must be assimilated simultaneously. Generally, increasing the cognitive load from multiple, redundant information channels, decreases learning efficiency. The cognitive theory of multimedia learning suggests that there are two information channels, visual and auditory, that can process in parallel streams.

Keynote Resources from #LUC2017

Kapp Notes

Try to build cognitive curiosity by making learners believe their knowledge structures are inconsistent or incomplete. In fact, research indicates that fantasy provides cognitive emotional and motivational advantages for learning (Malone, 1981). Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Brain Based Learning and Neuroscience – What the Research Says!

Will at Work Learning

After each question, I briefly state the correct answer and cite research from top-tiered scientific journals. This work is generally not relevant to workplace learning professionals—as we tend to be more interested in learners with normal cognitive functioning.

Spaced Retrieval, Retrieval Practice, and Knowledge Guru: What Research Tells Us

Knowledge Guru

The researchers concluded: The present results… highlight the specific cognitive mechanism by which testing can facilitate learning. Applied Cognitive Psychology 19: 619–636, 2005. Applied Cognitive Psychology 14: 215–235, 2000.

Your Brain on Boredom and How You Can Get Motivated Again

A study published in the journal Brain and Cognition offers evidence to support their definition. According to recent research in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, white noise can help you stay focused. Got that feeling? Fight boredom with brain-friendly strategies.

How Sales Process Training Can Be Made Effective With eLearningc

CommLab India

According to this journal on scenario-based learning, this way of learning helps improve decision making skills. Since, videos have a long lasting cognitive impact, they easily strike the right chord with sales reps. To be in a state of blissful ignorance is no longer bliss.

ELC 026: Looking Into The Future Of Instructional Technology

The eLearning Coach

Dr. Brown was Editor-in-Chief of the journal, TechTrends from 2009 to 2012. Are you curious about the future of instructional technology and learning? Abbie Brown, Ph.D., and Tim Green, Ph.D.,

Your Workplace Can’t Be Dull or Dirty

CLO Magazine

That’s not doing you or your fellow employees’ brain health any favors, according to a study published last month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Five Reasons Learners Experience the Spacing Effect

Will at Work Learning

Nevertheless, it does show the complexity of spacing at a cognitive level. Journal of Memory and Language, 52 , 566-577. Journal of Cognitive Psychology , 28 (6), 684-706. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition , 42 (6), 978-984. The spacing effect, if not the most studied learning factor, is certainly in the top five.

Narrative Strategies for Learning

Usable Learning

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol 20(4), Jul 1994, 953-967. Had a lovely time at the Learning Solutions Conference last week. Did a full day pre-con on Gameful Learning Design with Rick Raymer , which was a lot of fun.

Transform your PowerPoint into a PowerCast using Camtasia!

Visual Lounge

Communication through the use of video can bring lessons to life, initiate discussions, and impact learning on both an emotional and cognitive level. Making training more cognitively effective: Making videos interactive. British Journal of Educational Technology , 40:1124–1134.

E-Learning Design Part 7: Models of Memory


Many cognitive psychologists suggest that we have a short-term memory store and a separate long-term store. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal behavior, 11, 671-684. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Welcome aboard! Onboarding Model

Lars is Learning

Here’s one of my articles published last month (May 2010) in Training Journal. Tags: onboarding premature cognitive commitment induction You can also get a PDF to download if you prefer to read it in all its published glory on your shiny new iPad. Comments very welcome. First impressions Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? "On On my first day I arrived and was immediately drowning in rules and.


Motivational Considerations in the Study of Instruction

Kapp Notes

Lepper at Stanford University is a leading theorist in social psychology and has written numerous academic papers, one I came across the other day is titled “Motivational Considerations in the Study of Instruction&# that was published in the journal Cognition and Instruction (1988), 5(4) 289-309. Mark R.

Study 54

Beating the Forgetting Curve with Distributed Practice


How We Learn – Ask the Cognitive Scientist : A good article (by Daniel T. THE QUOTE: “ If you read the research on how much people forget after training, it’s depressing. Do a search for the ‘Forgetting Curve’.

Games Teach!

Kapp Notes

math, attitudes, electronics, and economics)…(p.6) [and]… The second “claim,” that games enhance cognitive learning, continues to be supported. The second “claim,” that games enhance cognitive learning, continues to be supported. Vogel (2006) found cognitive gains observed in subjects utilizing interactive simulations or games.

Teach 86

Microlearning Should Be Mobile-first

CLO Magazine

There are other benefits: Reduce cognitive overload; increase retention of difficult concepts through spaced repetition; fit in the training between the distractions of your digital life. Imagine learning a new leadership skill while waiting to board a plane.

Research Reviews of the Spacing Effect.

Will at Work Learning

Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28 (6), 684-706. Journal of Consumer Research, 30 (1), 138-149. Journal of Research & Development in Education, 23 (2), 97-101. I've been following the spacing effect for over a decade, writing a research-to-practice report in 2006 , and recommending the spacing effects to my clients and in the guise of subscription learning (threaded microlearning).

Competition & Cooperation in Gamification

Kapp Notes

A Meta-Analysis of the Cognitive and Motivational Effects of Serious Games. Journal of Educational Psychology. Some thoughts on competition and cooperation for learning within the context of gamification. For more information on content and structural gamification, click HERE. Competition. Competition is often associated with structural gamification.

Through a child's eyes

Learning with e's

Research from the behavioural and cognitive sciences, neurosciences and pedagogical research fields is regularly yielding new findings. Journal of Cell Science, 121, 1771. We are constantly developing our understanding about how children learn.

Welcome OpenSesame's Intern Class of 2014!


I am a rising junior at UC Berkeley studying Cognitive Science and Education. As a student, I am passionate about cognitive development and creating optimized learning contexts, which is directly relevant to OpenSesame’s products. We''re so excited to welcome our 2014 marketing interns!

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

Learning with e's

Personal technologies are thought to enable self-regulation at a number of levels, including the ‘object’ and ‘meta’ levels of learning, supporting maintenance, adaptation, monitoring and control of a variety of higher level cognitive processes (Nelson & Narens, 1990).

Digital reflections

Learning with e's

A journal article by Kirk and Pitches (2013) is a useful starting point, because they identify three specific categories of technology that have a place in contemporary learning. My last post was about integrating technologies into education.

Why It’s Your Job to Close the Skills Gap and How You Can Do It

The Wall Street Journal reports that job openings are going unfilled for a record average of 27.3 In fact, the Wall Street Journal cites employee development as one of the key tactics for retention. You’re the best person to bridge the skills gap for your team. January 25, 2016.