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Archive for November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving – It’s Good for the Brain!

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 where I end up when I talk about our marvelous survival machines – our brains.

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Formal Learning vs. Informal Learning

Workers learn more in the coffee room than in the classroom.” – Jay Cross.
While studies vary on the exact percentage, most learning in today’s workplace is informal. In this post, we’ll distinguish between informal and formal learning and explore ways to identify and encourage informal learning within your organization.

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Remembering Jay Cross

Last year, on November 6, we lost one of the true pioneers of learning science, Jay Cross. Jay was a friend and mentor and was slated to appear at our first Brain Matters Online Conference. He died unexpectedly just two days before he was going to speak about his latest book, Real Learning.

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Happy Birthday Carl Sagan

November 9 is Carl Sagan’s birthday. Astronomer, physicist and science interpreter for the world, he created the first Cosmos series and inspired a generation to wonder about the cosmos inside and outside of our bodies. He was sometimes criticized by his colleagues for appearing on late night TV, writing books that the average person could…

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Past Event: ATD DC Metro Chapter – Speaking to the Brain in Pictures – The Neuroscience of Infographics (Nov 16, 12pm ET)

Your brain dedicates about 25% of its entire processing power to vision, which probably explains why we understand images 60,000 times faster than words or numbers. So why are we filling our training materials with so much text when we can tell the story better in pictures? Social media and news organizations have long recognized…

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Podcast: Erik Vance – Suggestible You – The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal

Science journalist Erik Vance has written a fascinating and informative book on how your brain can affect the way you perceive, remember and feel about the world around you. Perhaps one of the most important points he brings out is that so-called psychological effects, such as placebos, are physiologically real – there are actually physical, chemical and molecular changes taking place in your brain that product these effects.

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Erik Vance – Suggestible You – The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal

Science journalist Erik Vance has written a fascinating and informative book on how your brain can affect the way you perceive, remember and feel about the world around you. Perhaps one of the most important points he brings out is that so-called psychological effects, such as placebos, are physiologically real – there are actually physical, chemical and molecular changes taking place in your brain that product these effects.

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