Category Archives: How Your Brain Works

How Your Brain Works: Blossom’s Dance

I would like to close the series on How Your Brain Works on an inspiring and uplifting note…

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How Your Brain Works: The Role of Emotion in Learning & Performance

In order to maximize learning, the students stress level needs to be “just right”… both in terms of type of stress and amount of stress.

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How Your Brain Works: State-Dependent Learning

In a nutshell, you remember knowledge and skills better when you study them in the same environment and under the same conditions that you expect to perform them. This could include your location, the time of day, your state of … Continue reading

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How Your Brain Works: Habits

Every thought, belief, and action that you repeat over and over turns into a habit… an unconscious, automatic behavior.

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How Your Brain Works: The Power of Patterns

Your brain is a natural seeker, recognizer, discriminator, assimilator, interpreter, relater, combiner, connector, and creator of PATTERNS.

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How Your Brain Works: Recognition & Recall

Recall is a much tougher memory task than recognition, as illustrated by two everyday examples:

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How Your Brain Works: Consolidation

Consolidation is the process by which short-term memories are transformed into long-term memories.

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How Your Brain Works: Chunking, Automization, & Practice

A major goal of studying music is to turn several disconnected pieces of information or behaviors into one unified, meaningful idea or behavior. Such integration of many parts into integrated wholes is called chunking.

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How Your Brain Works: Memory Aids

The best way to remember something is to make it memorable!  To that end, it is not enough to merely think of something. You want to think about it. And two powerful ways to accomplish thinking about something are association and elaboration.

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How Your Brain Works: Why We Forget

The primary reason that most of us “forget” something is that we never really learned that something in the first place. And the reason we did not learn is that we did not study the right things or we studied the … Continue reading

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