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.

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.

Aging. Can We Enhance People's Cognitive Outcomes?

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.

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.

Writing to Educate and Entertain: What Would Stephen King Do?

Integrated Learnings

Iverson in the August 2009 issue of Performance Improvement Journal. Tags: Instructional Design Scenario-Based Learning Storytelling eLearning Cognitive Theory By Shelley A Gable. When you write content for eLearning, do you think of it as technical communication? Creative writing? Something else entirely? I recently read an article called "The Write Brain: How to Educate and Entertain with Learner-Centered Writing" by Kathleen M.

CSU Resources

Kapp Notes

Cognition and Instruction , 5(4), 289-309. Cognitive and affective process analyses (pp. Journal of Educational Psychology, 88, 715-730. Applied Cognitive Psychology. Applied Cognitive Psychology. Journal of Experimental Psychology Applied.

Can Doodling Actually Enhance Training? Apparently, Yes


An April 24 Wall Street Journal article pointed out that several high-tech companies like Facebook are responding to a growing body of evidence that suggests that doodling — sketching ideas out graphically, even if crudely — can simplify communication, fuel collaboration, and help generate new ideas.

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.

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Definition: Metacognition

Kapp Notes

What people know about how (their own) cognitive processes operate is termed metacognition (cognition about cognitive processes). information as cited by Lawanto, 2010) It has also been defined as a process by which the brain organizes and monitors cognitive resources.

Abstracts of Three Meta-Analysis Studies of Serious Games

Kapp Notes

A Meta-Analysis of the Cognitive and Motivational Effects of Serious Games. Journal of. It is assumed that serious games influences learning in 2 ways, by changing cognitive processes and. A meta-analysis is a study of studies.

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.

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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.

Learning Techniques Used by Actors Can Improve Your Memory

Marcia Conner

Cognitive psychologist say a learning principle used by actors can be used to improve the memory of non-actors. From "What Studies of Actors and Acting Can Tell Us About Memory and Cognitive Functioning." Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal Interested in improving your memory? Learn from actors how to actively experience.

Microlearning Madness: 25 Great Resources

Knowledge Guru

Why companies are moving to microlearning platforms for training, Simon T Bailey, The Business Journals ( Link ). The MicroLearning trend: Accommodating cultural and cognitive shifts – Jeff Fernandez, Learning Solutions Magazine ( Link ).

Questions of the Week

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Journal of Educational Psychology, 94, 428-434. Cognitive constraints on multimedia learning: When presenting more material results in less understanding. Journal of Educational Psychology , 93, 187-198. Journal of Educational Psychology , 94, 156-163. Nine ways to reduce cognitive load in multimedia learning. Adobe Captivate: Can I Stop The Presentation From Continuing After a Web Link?

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.

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A Different Perspective on Training: Help Employees Build Stronger Mental Models of Their Work

Although it’s not clear that mental models are the only cognitive mechanism we have for making decisions, we often act according to these constructs. If you’re not an educator or cognitive researcher, you may not have given much thought to mental models before.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Eight Predictions for 2017!


Artistic expression and cognition are connected in ways we are only beginning to understand. Margie Meacham, “The Brain Lady” Shows Everyone How to Push the “Genius Button” in The Genius Journal.

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.

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Donald Clark: Algorithmic/Adaptive Learning #DevLearn

Learning Visions

Roger Schank’s PhD systems went Journalism: algorithms more powerful than news editors. Hopping : hoping between levels from easy, medium, hard Cognitive spread – items spread on next few days to smooth out workload…if you miss a day of work, then it spreads that out over the next few days, it doesn’t just shove your mixed work into the next day.

Abstracts of Three Studies Related to Pedagogical Agents

Kapp Notes

Journal Of Educational Computing Research, 49(1), 1-39. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 16(4), 275-286. Journal Of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 18(3), 239-252.

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Next Button: Yay or Nay? A Research Perspective on a "Pointed" Question

Patti Shank

Cognitive load theory and the format of instruction. Cognition and Instruction, 8, 293-332. Journal of Educational Psychology, 93 (2), 390-397. Research offers important clues to difficult and complex questions.

How do You Know if You’ve Really Learned Something? 4 Ways to Measure Mastery

Our mental models continue to develop over time and become more sophisticated and accurate, but it seems that in order to use any new information, we need to have some basic cognitive structure available or we’d constantly have to look up the rules for whatever we’re trying to accomplish.

Five Reasons Learners Experience the Spacing Effect

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.

Brain Based Learning and Neuroscience – What the Research Says!

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.

Breakthrough eLearning: Learning is a Process, Not a Thing

Breakthrough eLearning

It is difficult to go to an eLearning conference or read an eLearning journal without hearing about the wonders of these self-contained electronic learning widgets that can be catalogued, shared and re-used. We must balance the instructional objects against learning activities, the nouns against the verbs, by having a complete sentence with a subject (student), a verb (cognitive process), and a direct object (content).

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.

Singapore Learning Symposium Resources #SLS2013

Kapp Notes

A Meta-Analysis of the Cognitive and Motivational Effects of Serious Games. Journal of Educational Psychology. Also referenced was research about games and cognition supported by a grant from DSO National Laboratories , Singapore.

Are Learning and Entertainment Mutually Exclusive?

Bottom-Line Performance

Jennifer’s post titled Corporate Training – Journalism or Entertainment , really got me thinking about learning versus entertainment. Very entertaining, but it overwhelms the learner’s cognitive abilities to process information and suppresses learning. (1). Are they congruous or exclusive? I want to believe training can effectively be delivered in an entertaining way. I for one want to be entertained. However, is it possible that I may learn more from something on the boring side?

Creating Social Presence in Online Classroom (ID Live on EdTechTalk)

Learning Visions

Journal of Distance Education, 14(2), 50-71. The function of this element is to support the cognitive and affective objectives of learning. Social presence supports cognitive objectives through its ability to instigate, sustain, and support critical thinking in a community of learners" (p. There are three elements to community of inquiry framework: Social Presence Cognitive Presence (next week’s ID Live!)

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.

Research Reviews of the Spacing Effect.

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).