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TMI! Cognitive Overload and Learning (11/6/2018) - If you want to get a sense of the vast amount of data exploding every second, visit Internet Live Stats and watch the numbers for Internet users, websites, emails and many other statistics updated in real time. But watch out ...
And the Winners Are … (10/31/2018) - Last month I had the pleasure of speaking at the Northlake Professional Development Summit. To celebrate the terrific turnout for my closing address (many kudos to Brianne Thomas for running such a successful event) I gave every attendee a free ebook on the neuroscience of developing leaders. Now I’m announcing the two winners of signed […]
Scary Halloween Deals at our Online Store (10/30/2018) - If you’re looking for brains, zombies, black cats, costumes, or scary artwork, you’ve come to the right place. Our online store is full of fun stuff for Halloween – or just any time you want to celebrate the brain! Here are just a few items you can find online.    
Are you voting with your lizard brain? (10/30/2018) - With a national election getting closer and closer, I find myself thinking about our political system and the increasingly divisive tone of policy debate today.
Remembering Jay Cross (10/30/2018) - I'm remembering one of the true pioneers of learning science, Jay Cross. Jay was a friend and mentor ...
The Results Are In! We’re Going Monthly! (10/30/2018) - I am so thankful to all of you who took the time to open my email last month, read the newsletter, and answer my survey. Your responses will help me curate a newsletter that matters to you. This is the first result of your feedback. The majority of you want to get this newsletter monthly, […]
Neuroscience, AI and the Mona Lisa (10/30/2018) - I always have a great time with Rick Zanotti, the CEO of Relate.com, a leading eLearning and video development provider. We were joined by Lesley Price the founder of LearnAppeal, the charity for eLearning professionals. In this interview, we talked about my work with neuroscience and how brain science is converging with artificial intelligence. We […]
How to Think Like a Cat (10/28/2018) - In my opinion, cats are probably far smarter than we generally imagine; they simply don’t exhibit intelligence in ways that are meaningful to us.
Intelligent Design – The Future of Learning (10/22/2018) - As learning professionals, we need to think about how we can use artificial intelligence to help people learn faster, perform better, retain memories longer, and hopefully become more human in the process. Many organizations are already implementing chatbots ...
Make Them Say “Wow” with a Chatbot (10/22/2018) - You can’t be available to provide coaching and feedback 24/7, but an intelligent chatbot can! All over the world, people are using artificial intelligence to manage their bank accounts, book travel, and find great products, so why not ...
Why do we love to scare ourselves? The Neuroscience of Halloween (10/14/2018) - Fear is generally thought of as a negative emotion. Google it and you will find thousands of articles, books and blog posts about how to face your fear and overcome it so you can be more successful, happy or brilliant. Yet fear serves a very useful purpose in our growth as a species.
Your Clients are Needy – and that’s a Good Thing (10/11/2018) - Have you ever spent weeks or even months designing a beautiful training program, only to find out that the client really wanted something else entirely? This is what happens when we fail to conduct a thorough analysis of the project, but we’ve all been there. We know better, but somehow, we think that this time is the exception to the rule. No matter how small, urgent, or seemingly simple your project is, skipping Analysis is never a realistic option.
Doing Conferences Differently – How to Beat PCDS (Post-Conference Depression Syndrome) (10/9/2018) - Do you suffer from PCDS? How many times has this happened to you ...
AI, Chatbots and Neuroscience on eLearnchat (10/9/2018) - I joined Rick Zanotti of Relate.com and  Lesley Price of LearnAppeal to talk about the latest advances in cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence – two fields that are rapidly converging for the learning profession. (Sort of like the way these two galaxies are colliding here, to form something completely new.) Along the way we talked […]
Knock-Knock! Is Anybody in There? – Why Your Brain is Still Essentially a Black Box (10/8/2018) - Perhaps one of the most unique characteristics of our species is our insatiable obsession with ourselves. Going back to the earliest examples of human cave art, we see evidence of our collective narcissism.
Are We Changing the Human Brain Just by Observing It? (9/30/2018) - When I speak of “the neurosciences,” I tell people that our brains are so complex that it takes many different scientific disciplines to even begin to understand it. Then I rattle off the list, usually eliciting knowing looks and nodding heads, until I get to quantum physics.
Intelligently Emotional – The New Science of Emotional Intelligence (9/16/2018) - When Daniel Goleman wrote his book on Emotional Intelligence, he couldn’t look inside a normal, functioning human brain to see how it works. He based his theory on what he could learn by observing human behavior, and it turns out that overt behavior is only part of the story.
Writing Smart Questions – The Science of Questions, Quizzes, and Assessments (9/16/2018) - September 2018 This hands-on private workshop on how to write effective assessments was delivered for one of my Fortune 100 clients, but you can get it for your team, too. Just let us know.  This hands-on workshop covers: The Testing Effect – The role of testing in the learning process Finding the Right Type of […]
Podcast: Brianne Thomas, Northlake Professional Development Summit (9/7/2018) - I’ve written before about our terrible habit as learning professionals to focus on everyone’s professional development – except our own. That’s why I’m so excited to join Brianne Thomas, Founder and President of Northlake Professional Group. She’s put together an exciting two-day online conference for learning professionals. As the closing keynote, I’ll be speaking about […]
Congrats to EY and Aptara for Winning the Brandon Hall Award for Custom Content! (9/6/2018) - I'm thrilled that one of my designs has won the @BrandonHallGrp award for Custom Content. Among hundreds of applicants from around the world, these organizations were judged the best of the best ...
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