Brain & Learning Blog

We Think – Therefore We Learn. Why Psychology is Still Relevant in the Age of Neuroscience (4/2/2019) - Nearly everything we thought we knew about the human brain changed when we started putting live subjects into functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines (MRIs) about 15 years ago. You might think that with the invention of the fMRI and other brain imaging technologies psychology has gone the way of phrenology and other pseudo-science, but this…
See How I Made a Virtual Journey Through the Brain at Learning Solutions Demo Fest (3/24/2019) - Learning Solutions 2019 is a conference produced by the eLearning Guild for training and learning professionals. Focused on the design, development, and management of technology-based learning and performance initiatives, the program features new tools, technologies, ideas, strategies, and best practices for learning professionals like us. This event attracts people from around the world who want…
Using Chatbots to Engage, Support, and Inform Your Learning Audience (3/20/2019) - You might have already considered using artificial intelligence to bring the “wow factor” to your next project, but it can sound like a complicated and expensive endeavor—especially for your first time.
When Will AI Stop Being “Artificial?” (3/7/2019) - By marrying our brains to computers, human beings will become the Singularity. At this point, it will be pointless to distinguish between silicon-based intelligence and carbon-based intelligence, won't it? It will all simply be us - whatever we have become by then.
Five Disruptions That are Changing What it Means to be Human (2/15/2019) - Every age feels like it is changing too fast for the people living through it. Take, for example, the automobile, the motion picture and the telephone. Within a short span of time, a single generation of human beings had to learn how to cope with these and other disruptive events. They laid the groundwork for…
Getting Ready for the Next Disruptions in Training and Education (2/15/2019) - Google the term “disruption” and you will find many results. It seems that everyone is trying to attach their product, service or training to this buzz word, often inappropriately. What will be the next truly disruptive innovation for the learning profession? Let’s start with a few definitions so we’re all speaking the same language.
Wally Rules – What I learned about love, life and learning from my dog (2/14/2019) - Wally was my friend, my playmate, and my favorite dog. While it is typically frowned upon to admit to having a favorite amongst your human children, as a “pet parent,” I hope you will not be offended if I admit that Wally was my favorite.
The Optimism Bias – How Your Brain is Keeping You Alive in Crazy Times (2/10/2019) - Is your company trying to reduce healthcare costs by encouraging your employees to adopt healthy habits? It may want to include having an optimistic world view in its wellness program. (Or not.)
Getting Away from “One Size Fits All” Training (2/7/2019) - As any woman who has worn a mumu can attest, one size fits no one particularly well. So what can we do to avoid the trap of “one size fits all training?" Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can give us some help.
NEW Essentials of Brain-Based Learning (Live online May 2 – 16) (2/5/2019) - 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.
Join me at TLDC 2019 (1/25/2019) - You can't be with your learners 24x7, but a chatbot can! Chances are you're already interacting with bots to make online purchases and manage your bank account, so maybe it's time to get serious about using simple AI to enable learning.
Signal to Noise: Can We Even Tell the Difference Anymore? (1/1/2019) - “Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge.” -- Nate Silver On June 2, 1875, Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas Watson were trying to increase the capacity of the telegraph by transmitting multiple signals over the same wire, using different frequencies. They stumbled on a way to transmit a…
The Brain Science of Keeping Resolutions (12/30/2018) - If you are one of the many people make a New Year’s resolution, your should know this...
Does Your Brain Need Santa Claus? (12/25/2018) - SPOILER ALERT: If you believe in Santa Claus, you might not want to read any further!!! What do Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Leprechauns, Unicorns and my “lucky” putter all have in common? They are all examples of “magical thinking.”
Give the Gift of Brain Health and Learning (12/24/2018) - I just finished another session of my brain-aware instructional design workshop and I came to a big realization. As learning professionals, we all see information on the science of learning almost every day and we’re becoming better and better at incorporating this information into our instructional design and training delivery practices.
The Neuroscience of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (12/24/2018) - Last night, the music from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer reminded me of a Christmas long gone by. It was a happy memory, so why was I starting to cry?
What I’m Thankful for This Year (11/19/2018) - Since I’m reminding all of you about the benefits of gratitude for your body and brain in another post, I thought I’d take a moment to share what I’m most thankful for this year.
Maximize Learner Retention With a Smart Chatbot (11/17/2018) - Coming to TechKnowledge 2019! Chatbots are not just a fad. They are becoming an important part of both the learning experience and daily on-the-job tasks. Intelligent chatbots can adapt to the needs of individual learners and share customized tips, suggestions and answers to questions about course content in text or voice. They can integrate well…
Recognized Elite L&D Professional (11/12/2018) - I recently got some great news from TTA (The Training Associates), the Largest, Provider of On-Demand Learning and Development Talent. I’ve been recognized as a Platinum level consultant. Here’s an excerpt from the recognition I received. “We're excited to recognize you as an elite L&D professional based on your consistent contribution to delivering exceptional service…
Remembering Jay Cross (11/9/2018) - Today I'm remembering one of the true pioneers of learning science, Jay Cross. Jay was a friend and mentor ...
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