Understanding How Our Brains Learn

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Over the last 30 years or so, researchers in cognitive science, education and developmental psychology have discovered some amazing things about how the human brain works, how our minds are naturally configured to develop skills, think creatively and continuously learn.

You’ve probably heard that we each use only about 10% of our brains. That’s not quite accurate. Actually, while we probably use less than 30% of the brain at any given moment, the patterns and regions of activation change continuously throughout the day.

These PET scans (above) can help to make this discovery easier to understand. For every kind of structured activity you engage in there is a corresponding “skill” pattern of brain activity in your head- coordinated with specific sensory input, thoughts, emotions and movements of the body.

Constructing complex knowledge representations and skill patterns is what the brain does best, its designed for continuous growth and learns from…

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