Study Math Better Using Psychology: Tips & Guidelines

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A number of psychological findings can be used to improve mathematical understanding and mathematical performance. Here is a broad summary of the best math study tips, applications of psychological processes, and learning guidelines. Let’s dive right in. Use scaffolding techniques: It’s a fancy word for getting help & support. But, the help, here, is incomplete. …

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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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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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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 Procrastinate Because Of Emotions, Not Laziness. Regulate Them To Stop Procrastinating!

I am so stressed that relaxing makes me more stressed because I am not working on what's making me stressed

There are two trains of thought – One leads to procrastination and one leads to motivation. And somewhere in between, there is a junction called anxiety. Let’s first look at the procrastination train of thought (at least that’s going somewhere, amirite?). People often think procrastination is about time management, laziness, or a weak will but …

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4 Memory Tricks I Learned To Remember Things Better Even With A Traumatic Brain Injury [Guest Post]

Chunking information into groups is a great way to improve your memory

In 2015, I was hit by a car while pushing my broken down car on the freeway. My body was flung 20 feet across the paved road. I had broken my jaw, collarbone, nose, and I received an awfully serious traumatic brain injury. The brain injury impacted my memory so severely… it had left me …

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Psychophysics: Sensory and Perceptual Limits. The Human Umwelt

Human umwelt psychophysical limits of our reality

Psychophysics – Sounds cool right? It is. It really is cool. I am not overstating when I say that psychophysics is associated with our very existence. The human body has about 10 sensory systems which send in information to the central nervous system (brain and its neural extensions). Psychophysics deals with the very core of …

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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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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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