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Formal Learning vs. Informal Learning

Workers learn more in the coffee room than in the classroom.” – Jay Cross.
While studies vary on the exact percentage, most learning in today’s workplace is informal. In this post, we’ll distinguish between informal and formal learning and explore ways to identify and encourage informal learning within your organization.

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Remembering Jay Cross

Last year, on November 6, we lost one of the true pioneers of learning science, Jay Cross. Jay was a friend and mentor and was slated to appear at our first Brain Matters Online Conference. He died unexpectedly just two days before he was going to speak about his latest book, Real Learning.

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Happy Birthday Carl Sagan

November 9 is Carl Sagan’s birthday. Astronomer, physicist and science interpreter for the world, he created the first Cosmos series and inspired a generation to wonder about the cosmos inside and outside of our bodies. He was sometimes criticized by his colleagues for appearing on late night TV, writing books that the average person could…

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Past Event: ATD DC Metro Chapter – Speaking to the Brain in Pictures – The Neuroscience of Infographics (Nov 16, 12pm ET)

Your brain dedicates about 25% of its entire processing power to vision, which probably explains why we understand images 60,000 times faster than words or numbers. So why are we filling our training materials with so much text when we can tell the story better in pictures? Social media and news organizations have long recognized…

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Upcoming Event: Essentials of Brain-Based Learning (Live online: Feb 9-23, 2017 and more)

If you could understand what was happening in the brains of your target audience, would you be a more effective trainer, designer, consultant, or leader? Thanks to recent advances in neuroscience, learning and talent development professionals now have an opportunity to alter their approaches to change management, leadership development, training, and instructional design.

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Podcast: Erik Vance – Suggestible You – The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal

Science journalist Erik Vance has written a fascinating and informative book on how your brain can affect the way you perceive, remember and feel about the world around you. Perhaps one of the most important points he brings out is that so-called psychological effects, such as placebos, are physiologically real – there are actually physical, chemical and molecular changes taking place in your brain that product these effects.

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Erik Vance – Suggestible You – The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal

Science journalist Erik Vance has written a fascinating and informative book on how your brain can affect the way you perceive, remember and feel about the world around you. Perhaps one of the most important points he brings out is that so-called psychological effects, such as placebos, are physiologically real – there are actually physical, chemical and molecular changes taking place in your brain that product these effects.

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Upcoming Event: ATD International Conference and Expo (ICE) (Atlanta – May 21-24, 2017)

The Day Everything Changed: How AI Changed the Way We Learn in 2027.
While science fiction depicts a world where intelligent robots rebel and overthrow their human masters, the more likely scenario is a world where human beings interface with computers, digital assistants and other technologies virtually seamlessly, changing just about everything we know about work today.