Category Archives: Your Brain

Short Term Memory: Repeat to Remember

  • The “moment of learning” is the most important
  • The more “hooks” into a memory, the better (the more it relates to concepts and experiences already in the learner’s brain)
  • People recall better in an environment that is like where they learned a concept in the first place
  • A memory is retained in the same physical cells in which is was learned
  • Create a focused room for more effective learning and memory (language room, music room, etc.)

(source: John Medina)

People Don’t Pay Attention to Boring Things

  • There is no such thing as multitasking-the brain can only process one attention-getting thing at a time
  • We learn better when we start with large concepts and then move into details
  • Emotional content helps us learn and remember better

You can only really concentrate for 10 minutes at a time, without a break:

  • Start with general concept, 1 minute or less
  • Reinforce with examples
  • End with (or start next topic) with emotional hook to serve as the brain rest period

(source: John Medina)

Exercise Boosts Brain Power

  • Aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a week
  • Exercise during work (do email on treadmill)

(source: John Medina)
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