Monday 25 April 2016

Neural Plasticity Reveals How Learning Is An All-Sensory, Whole-Brain Affair

In the field of adult education, we've talked about "learning styles" for decades, and our proof was based on the findings of Social Science... or 'this is what we see happening when try out this technique.'

Thanks to Neuroscience, and modern techniques to see the brain in action, we now know there is much more involved in acquiring, and retaining, new information. "... Scientific studies reveal that a unique combination of brain hemispheres, paired with expressive-receptive, rational-emotional, and sensory and intelligence preferences, make up a person’s neurological design. For maximum comprehension and retention, all lobes in both hemispheres of the brain should be involved in information processing. "

"All people have different preferences, and it is essential that any learning organization needs to design learning experiences and learning environments that are aligned with how the human mind learns.” And on top of this, we are better understanding that... “Drivers like brain fitness, sleep, stress, diet, skills, mind-set, movement and the physical environment can negatively (or positively) impact how people process information and how the brain learns.”

Read more about it on the Association for Talent Development blog:

Sunday 24 April 2016

Understanding If Your Habit is Goal-Directed vs Stimulus-Response Behaviour

An indepth exploration of how a goal-directed behaviour (or habit) is different from a Stimulus-Response, and how each of them are formed in our brains, and then acted upon.

"Normal eating is goal-directed behavior; compulsive overeating is not. Compulsive overeating is a complex stimulus-response behavior. The stimulus varies (boredom, anger, happiness, sexual frustration, anxiety, and emotional triggers, etc.). The strength of the response may also differ. It could range from eating until your stomach feels slightly uncomfortable to eating until you vomit. Regardless, at the end of the day, compulsive overeating is just a goal-directed habit that has become a stimulus-response habit running amuck. [1] How does this neuro-drama unfold in the brain?"

Sunday 10 April 2016

For Habit Change, Start Small

Start Tiny Actually.  It's a way to get momentuum started... or reverse the negative momentum.  What's something you can do in less than 30 seconds?