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Another Education Neuromyth Debunked - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Another Education Neuromyth Debunked - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
What does neuroscience have to say about the educational value of lectures? Not much, says pedagogist Ken Masters in a lively article just published in Med
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Lectures aren't great but there not as bad as this scan seems to suggest.  Or is the scan actually relevant?

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Science or Pseudo Science? Prevalence of Neuromyths in Education | The Education Elf

Science or Pseudo Science? Prevalence of Neuromyths in Education | The Education Elf | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Sanne Dekker and colleagues' observational study investigating the prevalence of neuromyths in school teachers in the UK and Netherlands.
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Speed reading claims discredited by new report

Speed reading claims discredited by new report | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Readers ‘should be wary of promises to increase speed with no cost to comprehension’, say researchers
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The results of this review paper are disputed towards the end of the article but the author makes a good case against the basic tenets of speed reading.

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The police believe a lot of psychology myths related to their work

The police believe a lot of psychology myths related to their work | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

Despite recent improvements to their training, a new study in the journal of Police and Criminal Psychology suggests the police are as susceptible as the general public to holding false beliefs about psychology that apply to their work.

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Slightly worrying research on the beliefs held by the police about their own work and people they deal with such as mentally ill patients.

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One Reason the ‘Learning Styles’ Myth Persists

One Reason the ‘Learning Styles’ Myth Persists | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Even educators making good-faith efforts to get to the truth have to deal with a wave of online misinformation.
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Looks for the reasons for the persistence of this myth. Educational research quite often starts with the premise that learning styles are real. Not helpful for the teacher trying to get to the truth of the matter.

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Scott Lilienfeld Interview

Scott Lilienfeld Interview | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

A quick, fascinating Q & A with clinical psychologist Dr. Scott Lilienfeld

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A quick interview with the author of this important book.  He discusses the 'open science collaborations' efforts to replicate important psychological studies.

He also refers to a video about the very dangerous concept of 'facilitated communication'.  This video is so important that I will do another post on it.

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The science myths that will not die

The science myths that will not die | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
False beliefs and wishful thinking about the human experience are common. They are hurting people — and holding back science.
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Myth 3 (Humans have exceptionally large brains) and Myth 4 (Learning styles) are of interest here.

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Learning styles by Coffield et al (2004)

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Finally been able to get a copy of this important review of Learning Styles.

Also learnt that Scoop.it can now handle pdf files - very well!

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You may think you learn better in a certain way. You actually don’t

You may think you learn better in a certain way. You actually don’t | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Sometime in the not so distant past, one of your kids, or a kid you know, has probably been told that she has a particular learning style. Perhaps she is a visual learner, who absorbs information best through images. Or maybe an auditory one, who needs to hear things to really grasp them. Boys are...
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Remembering that this article is from the Quartz website, this is still not a bad post on the topic.

It covers learning styles but I like it because it gives examples where using one style (e.g. auditory) to learn something (e.g.the geography of the Greek coastline) is very difficult.

The article is brief but to the point. It includes links to summarising research which I will include in the next post.

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A welcome blow to the myth of distinct male and female brains

A welcome blow to the myth of distinct male and female brains | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
A major study that undermines the damaging idea that male and female brains are fundamentally different could be a game-changer, says Gina Rippon
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A thorough summary of some recent research that there is no reliable way of telling the difference between male and female brains and that gender is not a good predictor of brain function.

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Eight myths and truths about Alzheimer's disease - News-Medical.net

Eight myths and truths about Alzheimer's disease - News-Medical.net | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Although Alzheimer's disease (AD) impacts more than five million Americans and 15 million caregivers year-round, the nation is especially focused on the disease this month as it observes "National Alzheimer's Disease and Awareness Month."...
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A thorough summary about some of the myths (and truths) about this increasingly widespread disease.

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This Common Belief About Male/Female Brains Is Wrong - PsyBlog

This Common Belief About Male/Female Brains Is Wrong - PsyBlog | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Are men and women's brains really that different?
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I got some weird ads whilst reading this short article but it is about a meta-study of research on the differences between male and female brains and it debunks quite a few of the myths.

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8 Brain 'Facts' We All Get Wrong

8 Brain 'Facts' We All Get Wrong | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
You can stop torturing yourself with classical music now.
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We've heard about most of these but it's always worthwhile revisiting them. They include myths about getting older, classical music and crosswords.

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Tracy Freeman's curator insight, November 24, 2015 2:48 PM

We've heard about most of these but it's always worthwhile revisiting them. They include myths about getting older, classical music and crosswords.

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Our book "Urban myths about learning and education" summarized on one page

Our book "Urban myths about learning and education" summarized on one page | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Yesterday I discovered this one-page summary of our book by Oliver Cavigliol and it looks great (note to myself, be careful with the Coca Cola...). This is a new updated version, including my 2 co-...
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From the book of the same name, a person has summarised all the education myths on one page.

Here is the pdf link.  https://extra.teachinghow2s.com/workspace/uploads/resources/pinpoint-urban-myths.pdf?dl=1

 

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How Multitasking Makes You Dumb (THE PSYCH SHOW with Dr. Ali Mattu)

We’re bombarded with 5 times as much information as we were in the 80s. Most of us cope by “multitasking” — doing two things at once. But humans can’t multit...
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Dr Ali has a go at debunking multitasking (one of my pet hates as a teacher!). He tends to generalise a bit much and most of his references are news organisations or blogs which is not helpful. Still, I liked it and it could be used as an introduction to the topic.

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4 Psychology Myths You Probably Thought Were True - YouTube

Talking psychology, neuroscience and why we act the way we do. Subscribe for a new video every Thursday! BrainCraft was created and is written and hosted by ...
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Braincraft have a go at debunking some common myths about the brain including the Mozart Effect, the concept of Photographic Memory and one I hadn't heard too much about, the First Instinct Fallacy. The FIF may occur when you answer a question in a test and then are reluctant to change it because your 'gut' (as opposed to reasoning) tell you it's right.

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This is just a fun clip, for brain nerds at least

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Lumosity Must Pay $2 Million Because ‘Brain Training’ Is Not Real

Lumosity Must Pay $2 Million Because ‘Brain Training’ Is Not Real | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
It's like a personal trainer for your brain! Except, no, it's not.
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This article is about the recent FTC ruling that Lumosity has no scientific basis for it's brain-training claims. Further, the article suggests that expecting 'brain' games to influence the expression of neurotransmitters was 'ludicrous'. Ouch.

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FRONTLINE: Prisoners of Silence [Full]

A Frontline special on the controversy of Facilitated Communication. Original Air Date: October 19, 1993 Copyright (c) 1993 WGBH Educational Foundation.
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Here is the full documentary exposing facilitated communication.

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Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism Concerns | Vaccine Safety | CDC

Studies have shown there is no link between autism and any vaccine or vaccine ingredient.
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Time to put this one to bed forever. One of the greatest advances in human history (the development of vaccines) does not cause autism. Period.

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IQ Is A Myth: Intelligence Has At Least Three Components - PsyBlog

IQ Is A Myth: Intelligence Has At Least Three Components - PsyBlog | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
One number does not accurately describe a person's thinking skills, a study concludes.
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Hooray!

At last, somebody has the decency to say what we all wanted to say. Love this quote:

"The idea that intelligence can be captured in one number is very misleading, psychologists have argued."

Do IQ tests have a place? Of course.  Properly and professionally implemented and analysed, they can give a comparative value of performance in...an IQ test.

Another interesting myth debunked by this study: “Regular brain training didn’t help people’s cognitive performance at all yet aging had a profound negative effect on both memory and reasoning abilities.”

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The Learning Styles myth is thriving in higher education

The existence of ‘Learning Styles’ is a common ‘neuromyth’, and their use in all forms of education has been thoroughly and repeatedly discredited in the research literature. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that their use remains widespread. This perspective article is an attempt to understand if and why the myth of Learning Styles persists. I have done this by analysing the current research literature to capture the picture that an educator would encounter were they to search for “Learning Styles” with the intent of determining whether the research evidence supported their use. The overwhelming majority (89%) of recent research papers, listed in the ERIC and PubMed research databases, implicitly or directly endorse the use of Learning Styles in Higher Education. These papers are dominated by the VAK and Kolb Learning Styles inventories. These presence of these papers in the pedagogical literature demonstrates that an educator, attempting to take an evidence-based approach to education, would be presented with a strong yet misleading message that the use of Learning Styles is endorsed by the current research literature. This has potentially negative consequences for students and for the field of education research.
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Here is the link to the above summary of Phil Newton's review of the use of learning styles in a higher education setting.

You can download the full, although provisional article by clicking on a link in the top right of the screen ("Download Provisional Article"). This pdf has lots of good links if you want more details about the analysis of the value of learning styles.

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4 popular psychological life hacks debunked - YouTube

Sources for scientific journals are provided below. New videos come out every Thursday so subscribe for more videos. Visit my Facebook page for more bite siz...
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Power poses, repeating a person's name a few times, the Benjamin Franklin effect and putting a mirror behind the counter - do they do what they are expected to do?  Watch the video and find out.

As always, add a pinch of salt to the conclusions.

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The Truth About Your Brain

The Truth About Your Brain | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Because the human brain is usually covered with a skull and scalp and hair and sometimes even a hat, we don't know much about it. We know it looks like a cauliflower, but aside from that, it's mostly conjecture.
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Not much new here but I did like the picture.

It does include information about comas, crosswords and ESP.

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21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness - InformED

21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness - InformED | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
In the past year, education researchers have done much to turn commonly held beliefs about learning on their head. In her controversial new book, Seven
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Whilst not all these myths are focussed on the brain, many are and are backed up by links and research.  It includes the usuals such as learning styles and left/right brain myths but also information on the 'best' learning and teaching techniques.

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Seven myths about dyslexia put to rest

Seven myths about dyslexia put to rest | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Dyslexia is often poorly understood by the public, leading people to attribute a problem they have, like bad spelling, to dyslexia. Here are the most common misconceptions explained.
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Some of these just make sense but this article gives the reasons for the statements.  They include comments on spelling, general learning problems, treatment and phonics.

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Neuromyths in Education | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Neuromyths in Education | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
 
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This article looks at learning styles, left v right brain and 'Brain Gym' and debunks them all. Of particular interest is the table of 'Most prevalent neuromyths among teachers'. Alarming and fascinating.

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So much talk about 'the brain' in education is meaningless

So much talk about 'the brain' in education is meaningless | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Beyond the creation of some lucrative learning tools, talking about "the brain" in education doesn't mean much as teachers can't measure what's going on up there.
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A nice summary of the meaninglessness of neuroscience in education. Simply substitute the word 'brain' for something else to see if the research is significant.

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