Brain & Learning Blog

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 ...
Happy Labor Day from Learningtogo! (8/31/2018) - I know how hard you work and I know it can sometimes be thankless work at that. I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that what you are doing matters!
Your Clients are Needy – and that’s a Good Thing (8/28/2018) - 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…
On the List Again! (8/13/2018) - When Sam Rogers announced his intention to compile a list of the most popular podcasts for L&D in 2017, I thought I’d have to mount a write-in campaign. Luckily, Sam was aware of us and our program was on the ballot. I felt even luckier to make the list, thanks to our fascinating guests and…
Sit Up Straight! The Posture Effect Has Legs Again (at least for math) (8/5/2018) - You can probably remember a parent or teacher urging you to sit and stand up straight. Depending on the context, there was probably some implication that you would become a better student, athlete, or leader of the free world if you would just exhibit proper posture. It turns out that your crazy Aunt Kitty may…
several different ways to order coffee Four Ways xAPI is Shutting Down Learner Engagement (7/4/2018) - Based on our understanding of how the brain makes decisions, the very flexibility that makes the relatively new standard of Experience API (xAPI) so attractive may be shutting down learner engagement by making it too hard to choose from available options. Here’s what’s going on.
Here Be Dragons – 4 Ways to Avoid the fMRI Trap (4/29/2018) - In the almost 30 years since its discovery, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans have become the tool of choice for people who study the brain. While fMRI is a powerful new tool, the way we are using it is also problematic.
Three Ways Technology is Changing the Learning Space (Plus One) (4/23/2018) - We love our tech. Most of us in the learning profession pride ourselves on being comfortable with technology. Whenever a new tool is available, we’re ready to give it a try, eager to adopt the latest way to help people learn.
Welcome to our new home! (4/13/2018) - I can't believe that only three years ago we launched our blog with about 65 subscribers, most of them friends and family I "volunteered" to become our first subscribers. Today, we're growing every day, with folks joining our learning science community from all over the world.
Guest Blogger, Bryan Jones of – How to Repurpose Content in under 1 hour (3/29/2018) - If you're like me, you have tons of content that you'd like to reuse, but not sure the most efficient way to go about it. Bryan Jones, founder of eLearningArt, is a pioneer in eLearning and instructional design.
Perchance to Dream – How sleep affects learning, memory and brain health (3/22/2018) - While your body and your conscious mind appear to zone out during sleep, your brain is still very active, and doing some amazing things.
The Power of the Expectation Effect (2/26/2018) - As human capital professionals, we can help people overcome different types of limiters that might be holding them back from peak performance on the job. But first, we need to understand where the limits come from: the Expectation Effect.
Margie Meacham is One of the “100 Most Talented Global Training & Development Leaders” for 2018 (2/16/2018) - I am so excited to receive the “100 Most Talented Global Training & Development Leaders” from the World Training & Development Congress. Each year, the selection committee searches the globe for a shortlist of individuals who are doing “extraordinary work with a track the record of solid achievements.” The shortlist is then reviewed by a…
Three Ways Technology is Changing the Learning Space (Plus One) (2/7/2018) - We love our tech. Most of us in the learning profession pride ourselves on being comfortable with technology. Whenever a new tool is available, we’re ready to give it a try, eager to adopt the latest way to help people learn.
Combating “The Homer Simpson Effect” (2/1/2018) - You Have to Forget Some Old Truths to Master Essentials of Brain-Based Learning. There really is a "Homer Simpson" effect in neuroscience.
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