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What's Your Name Again? Lack of Interest, Not Brain's Ability, May Be Why We Forget

(ScienceDaily) Most of us have experienced it. You are introduced to someone, only to forget his or her name within seconds. You rack your brain trying to remember, but can't seem to even come up with the first letter. Then you get frustrated and think, "Why is it so hard for me to remember names?"

More Creative Conference Formats

(Meetings and Conventions/PCMA) 
The Solution Room

Oftentimes, groups sit and listen to a keynote presenter offer projections, expound on marketplace challenges, or address other issues of concern. Then the session ends and the attendees disperse without discussing it further or creating action plans. The purpose of a solution room is to optimize takeaways from the presentation.

Eat an Egg and Stay Alert

(eggs.org.nz) New research at Cambridge University in the UK has found that going to work on an egg may be sound advice! Scientists there have discovered that egg proteins help people stay awake and alert during the working day.

The study, published in a recent issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that specialised cells in the brain are able to translate different diets into different patterns of activity – and also measure dietary balance. The research team focused on cells called orexin-hypocretin neurons that transmit signals for wakefulness and energy.

Computer games and learning handbook

(Future Lab) Aimed at teachers and those interested in using games with an educational intent, this handbook aims to provide some useful anchoring points for educators to make sense of the area and to develop practical approaches to the use of computer games as a medium for learning.

Key Molecules Involved in Forming Long-Term Memories Discovered

ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2012) — How does one's experience of an event get translated into a memory that can be accessed months, even years later? A team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has come closer to answering that question, identifying key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones. These proteins may offer a target for drugs that can enhance memory, alleviating some of the cognitive symptoms that characterize conditions including schizophrenia, depression and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

CAMPFIRES IN CYBERSPACE: PRIMORDIAL METAPHORS FOR LEARNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

(ASTD) Media are not interchangeable, a learner using the Web has a completely different experience from one in a classroom. As we use more electronic media for learning, it's essential that we understand the unique nature of each expressive medium we encounter. Here's a new theory for educational systems that's based on four primordial learning spaces: campfires (information), watering holes (conversation), caves (concept), and life (context).

Campfires

(Jeff Hurt) Putting People And Learning Before Places And Spaces

“Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah blah. Blah, blah, blah!”

The words fall from the speaker’s mouth to listener’s ears.
The more the speaker shares, the more the listeners quickly forget.
Here’s a truth: Content covered by the speaker does not automatically translate into content learned by the audience.

Same Old, Same Old

For the past 50 years, the vast majority of our conference education has remained the same.

KEEP IT HUMAN

(one+ magazine) I have always hated online courses. Even though I’ve been a Net enthusiast since before there was a Net, I have never appreciated when intimate, real-life encounters are relegated to the digital realm. Education is a particularly human-to-human transmission. Students learn as much from watching their professors think in real time as they do hearing whatever facts and ideas come out of them.

Testing Can Be Useful for Students and Teachers, Promoting Long-Term Learning

(Science Daily) Pop quiz! Tests are good for: (a) Assessing what you’ve learned; (b) Learning new information; (c) a & b; (d) None of the above.

The correct answer?

According to research from psychological science, it’s both (a) and (b) – while testing can be useful as an assessment tool, the actual process of taking a test can also help us to learn and retain new information over the long term and apply it across different contexts.

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