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Jeremy Browne

Even when the neuroscience in instructional methods *is* relevant, it's often overgeneralized. It reminds me of Skinner's Walden Two, and how even otherwise brilliant minds try to go beyond the data.

Julie Dirksen

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One great example of this is "Intelligent Design"...sounds good and scientific but in fact it's a bunch of dogma.


Will, there is a 'research' that says: #
# Studies by educational researchers suggest that approximately 83% of human learning occurs visually, and the remaining 17% through the other senses - 11% through hearing, 3.5% through smell, 1% through taste, and 1.5% through touch.

is at: http://www.osha.gov/doc/outreachtraining/htmlfiles/traintec.html

I wonder if that research is the same one you describe in your '10% 20% o really?' article? Or this is just another new false statement.


Enjoyable blogpost with potential for wide applicability. Thinking about our daily lives and responses to "psuedo-scientific" words can help increase our self-awareness as we deal with receiving advertising, receiving ideas/requests at work, and as we promote our own perspectives. This self-awareness input can be used as a check to help ask and frame the right questions.

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I'm still looking for the other than "brain-based learning." I'm also bother anything that has a number in it...7 Habits, 9 Events, 4 Levels, :-)

Cammy Bean

See, I was simply pulled in by the title of your post, Will. Brain-based? I'm all ears! :)



Regarding your link ( http://www.osha.gov/doc/outreachtraining/htmlfiles/traintec.html )

I pulled that up. Lets just focus on "Studies by educational researchers suggest..."

What studies? Where are the references? Unless a study is pointed out - I make the assumption is doesn't exist. If it does exist, then they should direct readers to it. Then I can look at that study. Look at the research questions. Look at the research methodology. Look at how they came to their conclusions.

Because research by leading pundits says, that if you believe everything you read on the Internet... you may just be naive.

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Great information in this post and I think the neuroscience information had a particularly striking effect on nonexperts' judgments of bad explanations, masking otherwise salient problems in these explanations.

Mychael Margott

This theory also helps explain recurring learning behaviors, and is a meta-concept that includes an eclectic mix of techniques. Currently, related techniques stress allowing teachers to connect learning to students' real lives and emotional experiences, as well as their personal histories and experiences.

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Potentially very misleading scatter chart. Are the costs only the out of pocket at the doctor office? Do they include the added tax burden for the universals? It's all in us dollars but how about as a percentage of average per capita income. Numbers and political topics are nothing but propaganda. Hopefully the advances in medicine over the next 20 years will make the lifespan numbers irrelevant.

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So far, everyone I know who looked at the graph thought it was obtuse. But I socialize with college educated, mostly in the technical fields.

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The US healthcare system despite having 50M people effectively uninsured has over 250M people insured, making a larger healthcare system than any other country, by far. I wonder if the spend correlates to quantity of people covered.

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I like the short, topic specific nature, also the additional one's like myth of the week and news. It is easy to become so absorbed in the daily details of projects that you forget to apply new things you're learning –this is a good way to be reminded and to learn new nuggets.

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Will is an extremely knowledgeable person and his ideas have far-reaching benefits to the training field. Offering his job aids free and letting participants share them freely shows how much he values the importance of training and helping ensure that learning is relevant and applicable to the job/skill. He's outstanding! – Senior Instructional Designer

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I greatly appreciate that you are willing to give of your time to "push" this information to us. Also appreciative of the fact that you are willing to freely share the information

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The US healthcare system despite having 50M people effectively uninsured has over 250M people insured, making a larger healthcare system than any other country, by far. I wonder if the spend correlates to quantity of people covered

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I think the scope of neuroscience has broadened to include different approaches used to study the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational, and medical aspects of the nervous system


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