Posts Tagged "brain"

How To Teach Your Brain Something It Won’t Forget A Week Later

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Of all the things you learned in school, chances are the right way to learn wasn’t one of them.


To make it through academic life, most of us opt for what psychologists call “massed practice,” better known as cramming: It’s Monday and your test is Friday, so you save studying for the night before. One four-hour session can nab you a passing grade, so why not?


Well, because that’s not how your brain likes to absorb information. You might remember enough to pass your exam the next day, but just a week or two later and the details will already be fuzzy, if not gone completely. Here’s how to do better.

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Cramming got you through college, but it’s probably paying diminishing returns in your career. Here’s the scientific reason why.

How Your Brain Makes You Hold Contradictory Beliefs

Posted on January 25th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Admit it: You hold a few contradictory beliefs—maybe more than a few. We all do. Many of them we aren’t even aware of, and the reason we aren’t aware of them has to do with the way our brains process, store, and retrieve knowledge. And in order to do that well, they turn us all into self-contradicting messes, at least some of the time. Here’s how, and how come.

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Our brains’ penchant for efficiency means they aren’t great at syncing our behaviors with our core principles in every context.

This Is How You Future-Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by The Learning Factor


It’s no secret that technology advancements have affected our brains. With instant messages, push notifications, wearable technology, and many other tech-driven distractions, the pace at which we are expected to respond has accelerated. We’re multitasking with unfortunate effects. How much more can our brains take? And is it possible to future-proof them for all the technical advances yet to come?


Performance expert and Australian medical practitioner Jenny Brockis, author of Future Brain: 12 Keys to Develop Your High-Performing Brain, thinks so. Our brains are designed to adapt, but there’s a difference between adjusting to change and expecting an organ to endure relentless stress without time to renew, she says. So the first step to future-proofing our brains lies in good physical care, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, and downtime, she says.

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Is it possible to train your brain to cope with an ever more fast-paced world? In some cases, more tech might save us from tech overload.

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