Monthly Archives: March 2009

Talker or Brain Based Mentor at University?

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Some  university faculty add value to the learning process. Others clearly do not. That’s not new. But what separates good faculty from those who fail the learning process? New neuro-discoveries changed playing fields yet some faculty cling to sage-on-the-stage mentality. Poor faculty see their role to lecture and test for… Read more »

Politically Correct Democracy or Human Brains?

When Dave Taylor posted today, “to be unPC is “critical” to our “healthy democracy,” I wondered about the words PC (or politically correct) and healthy democracy. Consider these words less from common usage, but from a brain based perspective, and you’d likely redefine these two. By the way Dave, sincere… Read more »

Your Brain on Music and Movement

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Does the thought of running, hiking or twisting to aerobics motivate you? People high in bodily kinesthetic intelligence tend to shake n’ rattle daily, yet there’s no need to slip into coach potato style if you’re less athletic. What musical ditty would get you up and going today? What if… Read more »

Fear Epidemic Runs Economy

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If you believe violent videos don’t create violent cultures, or constant terrorism talk doesn’t chill human brains, you’d likely also deny that fear creates frantic financial failures too. Fact is, it’s doing just that. In reality, financial experts increasingly warn us that fear can drain an economy, and it makes… Read more »

10 Tragic Traits in Mind of Bullies and Cynics

Only after you hit unethical walls raised by scorn from the cynic, do you value freedom flights toward its opposite – the curious mind. I’m speaking of that chronically negative person, who expresses disdain for innovative ideas, where stressed brains rely on habit and distrust reigns. For Russel Lynes, cynicism’s… Read more »

Retention Lost in Lectures

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Ever wonder why boredom strikes when people talk at you?  Wasting time at meetings or lectures? You’ll be interested in research from the National Training Laboratories in Bethel, Maine – and quoted in Geoff Petty’s Teaching Today shows that people retain far more when they when actively involved. Ask the… Read more »

Myths that Shape Secondary Schools (2)

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Rejuvenated secondary schools stoke life, zap brainpower, and replace mental myths with  brain facts that reboot learning success. Boring is not better – as some secondary schools seem to accept as inevitable, in certain classes. Secondary and higher education renewal, at least change for higher motivation and achievement though, takes… Read more »