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15 Minutes to a Less Biased Mind

February 5, 2014

A while back I planned to write series on barriers to learning, but I was stopped in my tracks when I tried to write about what I perceive as one of the most insidious barriers: cognitive bias. I was heartened, therefore to find a study recently that suggests hope for combatting cognitive bias. What is […]

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Exercise and Learning: 5 Recent Studies Strengthen the Connection

January 27, 2014

I’ve become somewhat fanatical about the “physical” side of learning – namely, exercise, diet, and sleep. I touched on sleep in a recent post (more of that to come), so I thought I’d take exercise for a spin this time around. (And I will, of course, get to diet in the future.) Evidence has continued […]

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5 Powerful Lifelong Learning Strategies for Your Toolbox

January 21, 2014

There is a good chance that, back in the day, you were not taught the most effective ways to learn. Certainly that seems to be the case today. In a recent article in American Educator, Kent State professor John Dunlosky reports that the texts used in education schools do not really prepare teachers very well […]

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Don’t Wake Her, She’s Learning: 3 Recent Studies Reinforce Importance of Sleep for Learning

January 13, 2014

I’ve never been a great sleeper. Now I have a 3-year old who seems to have inherited that trait. As a result, I’ve become a bit obsessed lately with both my own sleep and hers and that obsession has fueled a good bit of my research lately. We’ve known for a long time that sleep […]

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Memrise: A Learning Engine Worth a Spin

January 9, 2014

Are you hoping to learn or brush up on a foreign language in 2014? Have you found that whenever you set out to do this in the past, it’s been hard to keep at it? Memrise may be just the ticket for you. I’ve been using the site for a few months now to help […]

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