The Learning Brain (2013) – Notes

The said book is authored by Swedish neuroscientist Torkel Klingberg. It was published by Oxford University Press. A selected summary/note record is presented.

Chapter 10 – exercise enhances cognitive performance.

Chapter 1 – A method raised by University of Toronto cognitive neuroscientist Rosemary Tannock involved equipping students afflicted by weaker working (short term) memory with earphones or screentop desks to minimise distractions and excess attention expenditure.  Instructions were kept short (similar to the assistance of dyslexic students).

Chapter 4 – The research of American psychologist Robert Bjork (UCLA, US) on 700 human subjects suggests that the ideal revision interval is 1-4-10 (1st, 4th, then 10th day). [But as Klingberg alluded to, 700 is hardly a massive sample size. He also points to the fact that detailed research has been precluded by the silos and boundaries between psychology, neurobiology and pedagogy. If further study is conducted and applied to education, it may make the learning process more efficient]. ‘Self-testing’ seems to be optimal as opposed to other nonactive methods.

One example of such learning is (Pole) Piotr A. Wozniak. He wrote the computer programme SuperMemo (details on p. 45 of the book, and at the site for Wozniak’s Biodata, last update 2 Jan 2014).

Other references:

Chapter 8 review on Neophyte Writers (WordPress).

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