Don’t Take Notes on a Laptop

When it comes to learning, easier is not always better. Here’s a good read on the subject.

I used to talk about this in my classes all the time. It’s easier to retain the information you acquire more difficultly.

Also to add to the conversation is the following research article. If you want to know which study techniques are most useful to hack your learning, read this:

Dunlosky, J., Rawson, K. A., Marsh, E. J., Nathan, M. J., & Willingham, D. T. (2013). Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), 4–58. doi:10.1177/1529100612453266

 

Brain Plasticity and Running

Very interesting stuff from BrainHQ. I’ll definitely be going back through this one again. Again, the central message is to teach your brain something new.

The quoted neuroscientist, Dr. Mike Merzenich, is featured in a fantastic chapter of a book called The Brain that Changes Itself (it’s a compelling read; highly recommended). BrainHQ is his baby.