Posts Tagged: Learning and development

Art Training makes us better at what we do

In his bestsellers The Tipping Point, Blink, and Out¬liers, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the unexpected implications of scientific research, urging readers to think differently. In an editorial published this month in the journal Ophthalmology Gladwell offers another example of his stock in trade: To make medical students better doctors, send them to art school.… [read more]

Machine Learning will Change all Our Jobs

An interesting story appeared in the BBC News Online Business section. It featured a new report from the UK Institute for Public Policy Research which says that automation will not take all of our jobs, but will enormously increase wage inequality.… [read more]

Smartphones interfere with work and study.

A separate study from the one cited above but closely related to it comes from the current Journal of Media Education. In that study 777 university students were surveyed regarding their use of smartphones in class to do non-class activities (email, social media, texting etc.).… [read more]

Can you have too much training?

A fascinating article in the latest edition of the journal Neuron (my favorite, as you probably have, by now, realized) asks, from a neuroscience perspective, can we have too much training? The answer the researchers give is a resounding ‘yes,’ if you want your trainees to maintain a purposeful, and critical, outlook on that which you are being trained in.… [read more]

Chimps, like humans, like mind-stretching games

Much recent research (since 2009) has shown that one of the main reasons people come to work is to learn something new, to stretch and engage our minds. The ability to learn is one of the strongest factors in attracting and retaining of talent.… [read more]

Distraction helps memory retention

An intriguing finding from University of Toronto finds that distraction learning—giving or embedding information in unexpected ways—can improve memory retention, especially in older adults. Memory begins to lose its edge after about 45 and there is a slow decline into old age.… [read more]

Only a few thoughts at a time

A really interesting study was published in the current edition of the journal Neuron. Perhaps the most fascinating thing that neuroscience has taught us is what we don’t know. The most important thing that we don’t know is how we form thoughts.… [read more]

For development a human needs a nurturing environment

We tend to think of ‘development needs’ as essentially to do with children. However our brains develop throughout our lives, and adults have developmental needs as well. An article in American Psychologist sets out clearly what kind of environment a brain—of any age—needs for its development.… [read more]