Brain & Learning Blog

The Brain Science of Keeping Resolutions (1/4/2018) - If you are one of the many people who made a New Year’s resolution for 2018, you may have already fallen off your goal. Don’t feel too badly. After one month, only about 64 percent of resolutions are still in force and by six months that number drops to less than 50 percent.
Ten Words We Must Keep Saying About the Science of Learning (While We Still Can) (12/29/2017) - Vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, science-based. These words created quite a stir when it was reported that the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued an internal style guide advising employees to avoid these words if they wanted to get their programs funded by our current Congress.
Why the Holidays Can Make You Cry (And what you can do about it) (12/15/2017) - I don’t know about you, but I’m always incredibly busy this time of year. Most of my clients operate on a calendar year that requires all projects to be completed and paid for by December 31. That means that just when everyone is starting to take days off to be with their families, I am…
Do you have snakes in your brain? (12/7/2017) - Like all other life on this planet, humans evolved in order to survive, and our brains have become spectacular survival machines. By understanding the threats our earliest ancestors faced in our early history, we can understand why our brains function the way they do today.
The Music of Your Sphere – The Multiple Ways Your Brain is Wired for Music (11/30/2017) - The Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras, discovered the relationship between the length of a string on an instrument and the pitch that the string produces. He believed that this correlation was part of a harmonic relationship that connects everything in the universe, which he called The Music of the Spheres.
Happy Thanksgiving – It’s Good for the Brain! (11/17/2017) - The U.S. is one of several countries that celebrates the end of the harvest with a day of giving thanks – that we’re prepared to survive another winter. With the word “survival” in the opening line, you’ve probably guessed that I’m about to find a way to link eating turkey with survival, because that’s usually…
Your Bayesian Brain – Are you wired for statistics? (11/16/2017) - A contemporary of Isaac Newton and a defender of Newton’s invention of calculus, Thomas Bayes was a theologian and mathematician (those two fields were not as far apart in his time as they have drifted today) who is best known for his invention of probabilistic prediction.
Persistance of Memory (11/10/2017) - Today is Verteran's Day in the U.S. and I find myself remembering all the many lives we have lost, the human potential diverted, the injuries, both mental and physical, all stemming from the same tragic state of an increasingly violent and hateful world.
Why I’m Getting Tired of All These Stories (11/2/2017) - That clever little story may not be as engaging as you think it is. When neuroscientist Paul Zak discovered the power of a compelling story to stimulate the production of oxytocin in the same manner as “real life” interactions, he unleashed a new best practice for leaders, speakers, trainers, teachers and everyone else.
Doing Conferences Differently – How to Beat Post-Conference Depression (10/30/2017) - Do you suffer from PCD? How many times has this happened to you? You’ve convinced your boss (or yourself) to pay up to $2,000 plus travel expenses so you can attend a conference in your field. You spent a few energizing, exhausting and sometimes confusing and frustrating days with thousands of strangers and maybe a…
Dr. Greg Gage – Backyard Brains – Neuroscience for Everyone! (10/27/2017) - Listen to Podcast: Dr. Greg Gage is a neuroscientist, biomedical engineer, co-founder of Backyard Brains, and TED Fellow. He spent many years as an electrical engineer designing retail systems before returning to grad school to pursue his passion for neuroscience. We talked about his exciting project to create a community of amateur neuroscientists, his plan to…
Why do we love to scare ourselves? The Neuroscience of Halloween (10/27/2017) - 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.
The Shoemaker’s Children – Nine Ways to Take Care of Your Own Professional Development (10/20/2017) - “The shoemaker’s children always go barefoot.” – Proverb. The saying goes back at least to the Middle Ages. It indicates that professionals like us often don’t bestow our greatest gifts on ourselves.
Margie Meacham is One of the “100 Most Talented Global Training & Development Leaders” for 2018 (10/5/2017) - 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…
A Permanent State of Mourning (10/2/2017) - When I first wrote this post, I knew that there would be more terror, more deaths and more sorrow ahead of us. While it is impossible to make sense of something so horrible, we can explore recent events by reviewing how hatred can re-wire a brain that was born to love and help others.
Here’s What People are Saying About My Brain-Based Learning Workshop with ATD (10/1/2017) - I’ve been privileged to work with the ATD to design and deliver my live virtual workshop series, Essentials of Brain-Based Learning for several years now. ATD is a world-class organization with a wide range of services and resources for learning professionals at every level of experience.
Neuroscience In Corporate Training: All Hype Or Practical Applications? (9/27/2017) - I recently had the chance to talk with Katelijn Nijsmans, co-founder of The Tipping Point, a learning consulting firm based in Belgium. Here is her resulting article, which first appeared on the Stimulearning site.
Join Me in Phoenix with ATD’s Valley of the Sun Chapter, October 30-31, 2017 (9/22/2017) - As we all know, informal learning in a social setting is one of the most powerful ways to change behavior and learn new skills, yet many of us struggle to find those opportunities for our own development. Membership in ATD, at the local and global levels, is one way to plan for your own development…
Eclipsed – How the Great Eclipse of 2017 May Have Changed Our Brains Forever (9/22/2017) - On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the Moon raced across the U.S. from Salem, Oregon to Charleston South Carolina at an average speed of over 2,000 miles per hour. About twelve million lucky people lived along the path of totality. At least seven million more traveled to get inside the path to see one…
Missed my Live Session on TLDC Chat? Catch the Recording! (9/20/2017) - Every weekday, learning professionals from around the world gather for a livestreaming interactive video experience at www.TLDC.us. I was honored to join them as a guest and talk about the future of learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, neuroscience and the scientific method.
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