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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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 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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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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Understanding the level of Serotonin and Dopamine in a depressed person’s brain

Dopamine and serotonin levels in depression

Let us look at the state and level of two neurochemicals called serotonin and dopamine in a depressed person’s brain. A small background and context: Neurotransmitters/Neurochemicals are chemicals that allow neurons (brain cells) to communicate with each other. Some cells use specific neurotransmitters/neurochemicals for communication. There are over 60 neurotransmitters across the whole brain in …

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Why is extrasensory perception (ESP) and telekinesis not possible?

Is Telekineses and ESP possible? Scientific explanation

I love science fiction. All kinds. The B-grade kind, the kind which has a higher budget for a famous actor than for a thorough script, the Sharknado kind, etc. In many of these science fiction movies, comics, and books, the idea of a brain that is capable of god-like things is a popular trope- Martian …

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Are New Neural Connections Formed Every Time We Learn? Neuroplasticity & Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis: Are new neurons formed while learning?

Short answer: YES.Long answer: Probably YES on most occasions as far as we know from laboratory experiments. (I am saying ‘Probably Yes’ because not enough experiments are done to look for exceptions)I’ll begin by introducing the idea of neurogenesis and then write about forming new neural connections. This post highlights the transition of cognitive aspects …

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The science of love. What is love? Baby don’t abstract me.

The kiki bouba experiment psychology

What does a coin, a pencil, and a giraffe have in common? Humor me with this, we’ll get to the psychology of love soon enough.  They are tangible. They are certainly real in an objective world and people can agree upon what they are to a very large extent. What about Love? Is it an …

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