The Science of Attention and Engagement

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2019 - March 26, 2019

Julie Dirksen

Learning Strategist
Usable Learning

A number of myths persist about people’s allegedly ever-shortening attention spans—but what does the science say? Neuroscience, behavioral economics, and consumer psychology all offer insights into how we manage and allocate attention. Additionally, our ability to manage attention and focus seems to be related to our abilities to allocate willpower and influence how we make decisions.

In this session, you will learn what the current science says about how attention, willpower, and decision-making interact and how that influences the design of eLearning environments. Having a deeper understanding of this topic will help you create more effective and engaging learning solutions.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How cognitive load memory functions influence attention
  • How we allocate and manage attention
  • How to engage learners’ attention and manage distraction
  • How to use the principles of willpower, attention, and decision-making to create better eLearning

Designers, developers, and managers.

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