201 Neuroscience and Learning: Facts and Fantasies

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 7

Neuroscience (aka brain-based learning) is one of the hottest topics in training and education. Over 40,000 neuroscience studies have been published in scientific journals. Learning practitioners are drawn to this research as a source of wisdom for their learning designs. Yet despite its promise, neuroscience is a fairly young field. Questions remain. Are neuroscience findings valid? Are they relevant to learning design? Are they useful?

In this session, noted research translator Will Thalheimer will review the research on neuroscience. You will explore research that debunks common myths, and you’ll pinpoint misconceptions related to brain-based learning. You will also receive practical suggestions for how to approach neuroscience recommendations.

Will Thalheimer


Work-Learning Research

Will Thalheimer, the president of Work-Learning Research, is a consultant and research translator, providing organizations with services including smile-sheet rebuilds and research benchmarking. Will regularly shares his work and research through keynotes, free reports, workshops, and blog posts. Will is the compiler of the Decisive Dozen, author of the award-winning book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets, a co-author of the Serious eLearning Manifesto, and a founder of the Debunker Club.

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