Brain & Learning Blog

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.
Past Event: Enterprise Learning! Conference 2016 (Jun 6-8, Anaheim) (4/28/2016)- In order to build a smarter organization you need to start with smarter brains. The pace of change today demands that your team become nimble, ready to respond to new threats and capitalize on new opportunities with utmost speed and mental agility.
Neuroscience and the Hype Cycle (4/22/2016)- I recently attended a major conference of learning professionals and was surprised to hear one of the keynote speakers say, “Neuroscience has nothing to offer educational psychology today.” While many in the room were applauding, I was a little shocked and disappointed.
What I Learned from Dyslexia (4/14/2016)- If I had been born a little bit later, I might actually be a neuroscientist instead of a learning consultant. But as Neil deGrasse Tyson has often pointed out, bright girls in the 1960s and 1970s were primarily encouraged to become nurses or teachers.
Learning Solutions 2016: Hard-Wired to Learn from Each Other (3/18/2016)- We are hard-wired to learn with and from others; it’s one of the survival behaviors we developed as a species. Learning is always intensely personal, so no two attendees will come away with the same insights. Here’s my very personal Top Takeaways from Learning Solutions.
Steering into the Skid to Gain Learner Attention (3/10/2016)- If someone were to ask you right now, “What are you doing?” you would probably say that you are reading. Yet you are doing so much more in the background and in the foreground of your amazing brain.
Is the Workforce Becoming Less Intelligent? (2/25/2016)- Consider the implications of a recent study of adult skills by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that looks how literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving is used at work. Compared to other populations, U.S. adults scored toward the bottom in every category tested.
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