Every single day, all across the globe, extraordinarily creative and talented students sit in our classrooms bored out of their minds . These budding innovators may differ drastically in what particular domain captivates their attention, whether it's science and engineering, architecture and design, arts, music and entertainment, business and finance, law, or health care.
One minute we're being told that brain training makes you smarter, and the next minute we're told it's all bogus. Confused? I don't blame you. The research literature on brain training is confusing and even sometimes contradictory.
In the 1960s, the legendary psychologist Albert Bandura rejected the view that learning is passive. Instead he emphasized the importance of the active use of learning strategies.
First impressions matter. This may not come as much of a surprise, but just how quickly we form impressions, and which cues we use to make such rapid judgements may very much surprise you.Take the face.
In 1984, Fred Waitzkin published Searching for Bobby Fischer , the story of three years in the lives of Fred and his chess prodigy son, Josh Waitzkin.
A number of studies across various domains-- from juggling to taxi navigation to meditation to music to motor learning to processing speed-- demonstrate the importance of experience on patterns of neural connectivity.
When I was a kid, I was diagnosed with a learning disability. By the age of three, I had already suffered from twenty-one ear infections. As a result, I developed "Central Auditory Processing Disorder," which made it very difficult for me to process auditory input in real time.
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