Brain & Learning Blog

First Published in Elearning Magazine: Selling with the Brain in Mind (10/11/2016) - For the past decade, advances in neuroscience have shed new light on how the brain learns. While this science is still in its infancy and there are more questions than answers right now, many teachers, instructional designers and trainers are implementing brain-aware techniques into their work as educators.
Learningtogo Podcasts Now on iTunes! (9/30/2016) - itunes-podcasts-header-2If you’ve been a subscriber for a while, you know that I’ve been honored to feature many brilliant people on my little show. This week we passed a significant milestone by joining iTunes.
Download my slides from “Smarter Brains for a Smarter Organization,” Enterprise Learning Conference online (9/15/2016) - It was a pleasure to share what neuroscience tells us about boosting employee engagement, enhancing performance and accelerating learning. Here are my slides from my recent presentation at the Enterprise Learning Conference Online, on September 8. I recommend that you mark your calendar for the 2017 event. It’s a well-organized and very targeted learning opportunity.
Great News! Essentials of Brain-Based Learning Eligible for CEUs! (9/15/2016) - If you’ve been looking for the right time to take my ATD Essentials course on Brain-Based Learning, now is the time! Starting with our August class, attendees can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending. We’ve also added another class to the 2016 to keep up with demand. The next class starts on November 3
The Persistence of Memory (9/7/2016) - Where were you on 9/11/2001? I was teaching a virtual class early in the morning from my home in Rio Verde, Arizona. Suddenly, my students started disappearing. I had 20 participants, then 15, then 10, then none. I kept teaching until I had covered all the content, because I knew my client was sitting in
“Everyone Loves a Winner” – Except When We Don’t (8/15/2016) - It’s well-documented that as a species we like to identify ourselves with winners and those we perceive as having the highest potential to win. This tendency seems to validate the statement that our brain is hard-wired for survival, an observation made by John Medina and others. But human behavior is rarely that straight forward.
Summer Reading 2016 (8/13/2016) - Each year, I write the same basic post about why your brain needs a vacation and each year I fail to really take one myself. To be honest, this year is beginning to look like more of the same behavior, since I don’t have any days off planned just yet and we are well into
What Color is Your Learning? (8/5/2016) - Close your eyes and think about your favorite shirt or dress. What colors do you see? Close your eyes again and picture your training room or elearning template. What colors are you using? How are you using them?
Are you voting with your lizard brain? (7/22/2016) - 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.
Thanks to the ATD San Diego Chapter for a Great Workshop! (7/22/2016) - On July 19, I had the privilege of speaking before a group of passionate learning professionals in San Diego, California. The workshop drew more attendees than any previous event and underscores the great interest in practical application of brain science and learning. My hosts were delightful and I learned as much from the folks in
Proud to be a Certified ATD Education Facilitator (7/14/2016) - I've just received my ATD Education Facilitator, in recognition of my performance delivering the popular Essentials of Brain-Based Learning online certificate.
Dance Like Your Life Depends on It – Because it Might (7/8/2016) - One of my greatest fears is contracting Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. As far as I know, I have no particular risk factors to warrant being any more afraid of this disease than high blood pressure or cancer, yet the thought of slowly losing my ability to do my work, to enjoy
Happy Independence Day (7/1/2016) - In the spirit of U.S. Independence Day, here are the top 10 things I learned about being my own boss.
Join the LearningToGo Six Question Challenge and Win a Free Book! (6/16/2016) - We’re expanding on Marshall Goldsmith’s 10-day Behavior Changing Technique
The Neuroscience of Handwriting and Learning (6/10/2016) - In today’s tech-crazy world, most of us are more comfortable taking notes on an electronic device than jotting something down by hand, even if our typing skills leave something to be desired.
Don’t Look Now, but We May Have Just Missed the Singularity (6/3/2016) - Most of you know that I’m a learning consultant by trade and I apply the science of learning to real-world learning and performance improvement projects for my clients. You may also have noticed that one of my side interests is artificial and augmented intelligence.
Your Brain Needs a Vacation (5/27/2016) - After months of cold, windy, dreary winter, summer is finally upon us. Traditionally, this is the time to take a vacation, travel to new sites, take it easy, and break your regular routine.
What Does Your Brain Learn from Multi-tasking? (5/25/2016) - It’s no longer newsworthy to report that multi-tasking is a myth. Neuroscience has discovered what psychology long suspected – our brain doesn’t really perform multiple cognitive tasks at the same time.
The Psychology and Neuroscience of the Underdog Effect: Why We’re all Leicester City Football Fans! (5/3/2016) - I am writing this post on the day that the 5,000 to 1 longshot Leicester City Foxes football (in the U.S. “Soccer”) team clinched the 2016 Premier League Championship title. Since this is arguably the biggest underdog victory in the history of sports, it seems like a good time to investigate how we respond to
Learning and the Scientific Method (4/28/2016) - I write a lot about the science of learning, so today I thought we should talk about science. The word “science” comes from the Latin “scientia” which means “knowledge.” In Western culture, the ancient Greeks developed an approach toward gaining information about the world through the use of the scientific method.
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