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How Should Students Take Notes?

How Should Students Take Notes?

References (1) Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note taking. Psychological Science, 25, 1159-1168. (2) Bui, D. C., Myerson, J., & Hale, S. (2013). Note-taking with computers: Exploring alternative strategies for improved recall. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105, 299-309. (3) Fiorella,…
To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

A common sleep recommendation is to limit naps! Wait, what? Anyone who has struggled to get children to nap should be laughing so hard now they might be crying. As a parent of two young boys, I cherish times when they both settle down for an afternoon nap. Certainly, children should be getting more sleep…
Learning in a Museum

Learning in a Museum

By Althea Need Kaminske This past week I had the opportunity, along with Megan Sumeracki, to talk with docents about how they can use the science of learning in their work. As educators, docents face an interesting set of challenges when teaching visitors about their collections. Namely that they have a limited amount of time…
A Brief Overview of Working Memory

A Brief Overview of Working Memory

Working memory refers to your ability to manipulate and remember information over a short period of time (about two minutes). It’s very similar to short term memory, but when we use the term working memory we are emphasizing the manipulation of information. For example, if someone gave you a telephone number to write down, you…
GUEST POST: Self-Referencing as a Tool to Improve Learning

GUEST POST: Self-Referencing as a Tool to Improve Learning

References: (1) Symons, C. S., & Johnson, B. T. (1997). The self-reference effect in memory: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 121, 371-394 (2) Humphreys, G. W., & Siu, J. (2016). Attentional control and the self: The self-attention network (SAN). Cognitive Neuroscience, 7, 5-17.. (3) Turk, D. J., Gillespie-Smith, K., Krigolson, O. E., Havard, C., Conway, M.…
New Findings Inform the Laptop versus Longhand Note-Taking Debate

New Findings Inform the Laptop versus Longhand Note-Taking Debate

While there may be very good reasons to be cautious about laptop use in the classroom – e.g., laptops with internet access may invite multitasking which is detrimental to the learning of the student engaging in multi-tasking, but also has negative effects on students sitting in proximity of the multitasker (2) – their use to…
GUEST POST: A Call to Action: Mental Health and Smartphone Usage

GUEST POST: A Call to Action: Mental Health and Smartphone Usage

If you are a student like myself, become more self-aware. Note the moments when you pick up your smart phone right when you wake up or when you scroll through Instagram right before you go to bed. Think about how you feel looking through hundreds of posts a day. Pay attention to the way you…
Hocus Focus

Hocus Focus

From a cognitive psychologist’s point of view, these results are particularly impressive because they demonstrate transfer. There are a number of training tools that are marketed as improving mental processes. While a number of these show improvement on the training task itself, very few show improvement on things outside of the task (4). In other…
Weekly Digest #129: Students Under Stress

Weekly Digest #129: Students Under Stress

When one of our very first guest bloggers reached out to us recently asking about resources for students under severe stress, we realized that we hadn’t broached this issue on our blog yet. This hugely important issues will take more than a quick digest to explore, so expect more on this topic in the future.…
Weekly Digest #132: Dual Coding, Visual Note Taking, and Sketchnoting

Weekly Digest #132: Dual Coding, Visual Note Taking, and Sketchnoting

1. To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand by Robinson Meyer via The Atlantic Why should you take notes by hand? If you can’t imagine going without your laptop, or asking your students to go without theirs, then this interview with Mueller and Oppenheimer may change your mind. Mueller and Oppenheimer tell the…

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