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Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now

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In this event, you’ll learn

Which type of sleep is more important for which type of learning (yes, being a night owl can pay off)

What effect music can have on memory

How to get the most out of your study environment

Why you should quiz yourself before even starting to study a topic

The best way to remember something for a long, long time

A new take on learning skills that’s not “practice this one tennis serve 1,000 times”

How to develop a great gut feeling for snap decisions

About the Author

Stanislas Dehaene is the director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in Saclay, France, and the professor of experimental cognitive psychology at the Collège de France. He is currently the president of the Scientific Council of the French Ministry of Education.

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We all have to learn in life, whether we go to school or not, every day is a new opportunity to learn. Why should we learn? Because doing so can radically improve our lives. Just imagine how awesome it would be if you don’t repeat that error which bothers you anymore. Well, to not repeat it you have to learn from it first.

But why is it that we often put so much effort into learning but don’t seem to make a good progress? Often it is because our learning method is not the best. Learning is just another skill like riding a bike. Then why not learn how to learn? That would be a double win! This book will show us how to get the most out of our learning. Let’s start by looking how memory works.

Memories are formed through connections of different neurons

When we form a new memory, our brain creates new connections between different neurons. Neurons are the cells which send information signals through the brain.

These connections are called synapses, every memory, for example, your first day at school, is a network formed out of neurons and synapses.

Each time we recall a specific memory, those synapses grow thicker. That’s why retrieval is so important in the learning process. Having thicker synapses means our recall of that memory is faster and clearer.

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Memories are formed through the connection of cells and are stored in specific areas of the brain.

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to remembering and retaining things you’ve learned.

Don’t always use the same study routine, as variation can help you remember things better.

Cram today, forget tomorrow: to remember information for the long-term, study in intervals.

Quizzing yourself and explaining what you’ve learned to others helps cement what you know.

Interruptions don’t knock you off track; instead, they actually can help you learn better.

Variety is the spice of memory! Don’t focus on only one skill; practice different skills at once.

Perceptual intuition helps us separate important facts from the noise of information around us.

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