Why Fun Improves Learning: Mood, Senses, Neurons, Arousal, Cognition

Why does having fun make learning better?

There is ample anecdotal evidence that shows listening to a fun lecture or lesson is great for learning. It’s intuitive. Having fun & interactive learning sessions does improve learning on the whole and engender a positive attitude toward learning. It’s one of the reasons why MOOCs are popular. But why does this happen? Why does …

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Why Did Humans Evolve Pattern Recognition Abilities?

How did human pattern recognition emerge? Insights from Evolutionary psychology

Natural selection necessitates economical and reliable brain mechanisms in some environmental contexts. These mechanisms emerge as a response to patterns in the environment or enable us to refine our ability to spot them. Pattern recognition skills sit at the helm of our basic cognitive architecture. Why? How? Now what? A common problem during hunting is …

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Stop Negative Thoughts With Cognitive Defusion & Cognitive Restructuring Techniques

How to stop negative thoughts: Cognitive defusion and Cognitive Restructuring techniques

Everyone has negative thoughts at some point in time. Even psychologically healthy people have a fair amount of negative thoughts about themselves and others. And for those struggling with anxiety and depression, beliefs like “I’m a bad person” and “I am fat and ugly” are common. What are negative thoughts? Thoughts which cause emotional distress, …

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Brain-Based Learning: Theory, Strategies, And Concepts

One of the strongest applications of research in psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science is brain-based learning. It allows us to leverage research on how the brain learns in creating a new set of guiding principles for learning, teaching, training, and education. What is Brain-Based Learning? Brain-based learning is a paradigm of learning which addresses student …

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3 Stupidly Useless, Pointless & Amazing Facts About the Human Brain

3 amazing facts about the human brain.

After a series of long & detailed posts, let me share something fun and amusing. Let’s look at 3 amazingly surprising and interesting quirks of the human brain. The word “fact” is used for creating some dramatic influence. A more accurate description would be interesting psychological findings. 1. Side-to-Side eye movements can temporarily boost memory …

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The Einstellung Effect: Why Experts Lack Creativity And Problem Solving Skills

Einstellung effect - Learn to utilize resources correctly to increase productivity

Speaking anecdotally, have you ever had an interaction with a professional who has a vast amount of experience but ultimately failed to offer a smart and creative solution? One possibility is that the expert really wasn’t an expert and genuinely lacked problem-solving skills. The other possibility is that you experienced the Einstellung Effect; also known …

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You Can Mentally Slow Down Time To Savor The Moment. Brain Time Dilation Is A Thing.

How to slow down time to make a moment last longer

The brain experiences ‘time’ very differently compared to how it experiences information from other senses. It is actually possible to savor a moment deliberately and slow down time so you can enjoy it as much as you’d like. Time is a variable- not in a physical sense; not in a metaphysical sense – in a …

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Cognitive Load Theory: Definition, Types, And Applications For Learning [Guest Post]

Cognitive load theory

Humans are simple in a way: Information comes in through our senses, stuff happens in the brain, and then the information is used. When I say information, I really mean what you see, feel, hear, touch, taste, and think. This information is re-packaged in the brain. Repackaging takes resources. The quantity of resources the brain …

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The Fundamental Science Of Brain-Based Learning: 7 Subconscious Brain Functions And Learning Processes

I won’t tell you what you can do today to learn better or be smarter, but I will tell you what the brain does for you. The brain is a complex learning machine. While you can deliberately learn by using strategies, I will share with you what happens behind the scenes. The brain has a …

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In What Form Is Memory Stored In The Brain & Mind? An Introduction

Where is memory stored in the brain

It might seem that we have an answer. But, science is far from it. Let’s first look at how we can address this question. In what form is memory stored in the brain? Let me create some variations of this question. What happens in the brain biologically speaking? What happens in the brain from the …

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Everyone’s intelligence is unique and changeable. Here is why.

Everyone is made up of the same matter; most humans have the same anatomy – 2 hands, 2 legs, 1 head, etc. Layouts are roughly the same. But, the more you zoom in, the more differences you find. We have differently sized palms, we have different eyebrows, lips, noses, etc. So why are we unique …

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Time Perception: What exactly is time for the human brain?

Time perception: an introduction to how the brain represents time

There is one thing that baffles me. It is the idea of time. We are going to talk about Time Perception or how the brain experiences time. We look at clocks, we learn what an hour is. We look at the sun, we know what a day is. But do we? We can purposefully evaluate what time …

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