Brain & Learning Blog

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 ...
A Permanent State of Mourning – When Will We Stop The Killing? (11/9/2018) - It has long been suspected that we are hard-wired to help each other. So why are so many of us becoming cold-blooded killers?
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…
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…
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