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The lessons from neuroscience

Implications of recent developments in neuroscience for research on teaching and learning

Cognitive neuroscientists Dr Sarah- Jayne Blakemore and Dr Uta Frith provide a summary of the challenges facing the learning profession in the light of emerging neuroscience research.

Reading time: 5 minutes

Brain Waves 2: Neuroscience: implications for education and lifelong learning

This report from the Royal Society considers key insights from neuroscience that could lead to a transformation in education. Although its focus is education it clearly impacts on the wider learning context. The report is co-authored by leading academics working across neuroscience and education and as such provides a good foundation for looking at how these issues might affect L&D.

Reading time: 30 minutes

Neuroscience and L&D

This slide deck from Dr Paul Howard Jones, reader in neuroscience and education at the University of Bristol, looks at current insights into neuroscience and learning. As well as providing some historical context on the development of neuroscience, Jones looks at the impact of sleep, caffeine and gaming on how we learn. He also warns against being duped by ‘neuromyths’.

Reading time: 5 minutes

The neuroscience of learning: a new paradigm for corporate education

This paper looks at the different ways in which neuroscientific and cognitive scientific research can inform learning design. From the need to connect with prior knowledge to using stories to make connections in the brain, the authors apply contemporary scientific research findings to corporate learning. The results will challenge traditional views on what makes learning engaging.

Reading time: 40 minutes

What is “brain-based learning”?

Pulling on neuroscience and other disciplines including cognitive psychology, sociology and philosophy, this article defines 12 brain-based learning principles. The author sounds a cautionary note about what the science tells us. That said, this is another list that will challenge traditional approaches to learning.

Reading time: 6 minutes

Inside the learning brain

Nick van Dam, chief learning officer at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, looks at some practical applications of neuroscientific research in corporate training.

Reading time: 8 minutes

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