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10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works

10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here's the problem with what I'm about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for dec

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 2015 11:25 AM

Do our learners know how to study? Perhaps a better question is do we understand the research that shows successful ways to study have been known for decades, but our current learning environment is not necessarily conducive to these learning habits. T

This post shares ten strategies for studying, as well as providing links to additional resources. It ends with a short discussion on why we may not be seeing these strategies used.
Four strategies are listed below. Click through to the post for additional information.

* Study to learn, not to "know." Knowing means we may know an answer, but not truly understand what is being discussed.

* Imagine you'll be teaching someone else. Research is showing that the expectation that you will need to teach material to others tends to use more effective learning strategies.

* Separate process from progress. Does learning end? Do we make progress but continue in the process?

* Space out your study sessions over time. Brain research shows that cramming is not effective.

There are many insights in this post that you may want to share with your students and colleagues.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 2015 1:36 PM

Some good reminders and a great question. Who teaches the kids how to make the optimum use of this information?

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 2015 1:37 PM

Who is teaching this to our students?  I think that is the question. some great tips and throughtful explanations as well.

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Your Thoughts Can Release Abilities beyond Normal Limits: Scientific American

Your Thoughts Can Release Abilities beyond Normal Limits: Scientific American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Better vision, stronger muscles—expectations can have surprising effects, research finds
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from the article: "Expectancies, such as expecting that one’s work will bring about health benefits, are capable of producing physiological outcomes. Learned associations, such as the association between being an Air Force pilot and having good vision, can alter other cognitive processes, such as visual perception. Meanwhile, placebo effects observed in clinical research work via expectancies and learned associations created by fake operations, sham drugs, etc. Such expectancies and learned associations have been shown to change the chemistry and circuitry of the brain. These changes may result in such physiological and cognitive outcomes as less fatigue, less immune system reaction, elevated hormone levels, and less anxiety. The interventions that resulted in better performance in a knowledge test or better vision are placebos outside of the clinical context. However, the chemical and neural mechanisms by which they operate are probably similar."


It's amazing how mindsets impact performance. The impact is at such a level that it can change chemistry and ciruitry of the brain. Need to look at non-neurological changes. I remember reading an article about teen girls in high combat zones started menstruation earlier. I wonder what connections will be found in the new study of epigenetics. 

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 16, 2013 9:40 AM

The power of the mind

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A New Method to Measure Consciousness Proposed: Scientific American

A New Method to Measure Consciousness Proposed: Scientific American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
It's an important new tool for doctors, but what is it actually measuring?
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excerpt: "The scientists report that their measure performs impressively in distinguishing states of consciousness within subjects, as well as across subjects in different clinically identified consciousness stages.  These promising results will no doubt attract further study. However, the claim that the measure is theoretically grounded in a conceptual understanding of consciousness deserves a closer look. It is tempting to think that a concretely grounded clinical study of consciousness naturally advances our scientific understanding of the phenomenon, but is this necessarily the case?"

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Imaging study shows how humor activates kids' brain regions

Imaging study shows how humor activates kids' brain regions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
For the first time, researchers have scanned the brains of children watching funny videos to examine which of their brain regions are active as their sense of humor develops.

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