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Effects of Drawing on Memory

Effects of Drawing on Memory

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By Carolina Kuepper-TetzelWe have looked at the benefits of combining text and visuals for memory and learning – see dual coding – in many previous posts. A new series of experiments has investigated the effects of drawing specifically and whether drawing improves memory for the to-be-learned material compared to other strategies (1). The research is…
Retrieval Practice in Undergraduate Medical Education

Retrieval Practice in Undergraduate Medical Education

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Medical education is divided into Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), which includes coursework, supervised clinical rotations, and specialty electives, and Graduate Medical Education (GME) which is residency and like their entry level job. So, UME is graduate-level education (post-bachelors), but called Undergraduate, for reasons I’ve yet to discover. For the purposes of this blog, I’m focused…
Digest #173: Responsible Use of AI in Education

Digest #173: Responsible Use of AI in Education

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By Carolina Kuepper-TetzelA recent guest post on “The Benefits and Risks of ChatGPT for Education” provided a balanced view on the use of AI in education by highlighting some of the pitfalls and opportunities to support various aspects of teaching and learning. Generative AI is not going anywhere and so it is vital for educators…
Yerkes-Dodson: Lore, not Law

Yerkes-Dodson: Lore, not Law

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References:(1)    Yerkes, R.M., and Dodson, J.D. (1908). The relation of strength of stimulus to rapidity of habit formation. Journal of Comparative Neurology of Psychology, 18(5), 459-482.(2)    Diamond D.M., et al. (2007). The Temporal Dynamics Model of Emotional Memory Processing: A Synthesis on the Neurobiological Basis of Stress-Induced Amnesia, Flashbulb and Traumatic Memories, and the Yerkes-Dodson…
GUEST POST: The Benefits and Risks of ChatGPT for Education

GUEST POST: The Benefits and Risks of ChatGPT for Education

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References:(1) Council of the European Union, Analysis and Research Team. ChatGPT in the Public Sector – overhyped or overlooked? (2023). In Council of the European Union. Retrieved October 5, 2023, from https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/63818/art-paper-chatgpt-in-the-public-sector-overhyped-or-overlooked-24-april-2023_ext.pdf (2) Deng, J., & Lin, Y. (2023). The Benefits and Challenges of ChatGPT: An Overview. Frontiers in Computing and Intelligent Systems, 2(2), 81–83. https://doi.org/10.54097/fcis.v2i2.4465 (3) Tate, T., Doroudi,…
When is Retrieval Practice Most Efficient?

When is Retrieval Practice Most Efficient?

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Participants spent less time doing their practice tests when they were multiple choice than when they were short answer, and because performance was about the same, multiple choice self-testing was shown to be the better choice when participant-controlled. But again, participants didn’t score as high when they dropped items after getting them right. On average,…
GUEST POST: A Student’s Lived Experience Account of Neurodiversity in Higher Education

GUEST POST: A Student’s Lived Experience Account of Neurodiversity in Higher Education

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References:(1) Syharat, C. M, Hain, A., Zaghi, A. E., Gabriel, R., & Berdanier, C.G.P. (2023). Experiences of neurodivergent students in graduate STEM programs. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1149068 (2) Pesonen, H. V., Nieminen, J. H., Vincent, J., Waltz, M., Lahdelma, M., Syurina, E. V., & Fabri, M. (2020). A socio-political approach on autistic students’ sense…
Notetaking Formats

Notetaking Formats

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As with any of the formats above, the key to making combination notes is recognizing what type of information needs to be recorded/learned and choosing the appropriate format, while making sure it’s in a format that you can practice spaced retrieval with. I really like using these different formats because they are already set up to…
Spaced Practice and Working Memory

Spaced Practice and Working Memory

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If you need another reason to love spaced practice, Ouhao Chen and colleagues (1) provide yet another one. They conducted two experiments to investigate the relationship between spaced practice and working memory depletion. First, I’ll provide a primer on working memory and resource depletion, and then I’ll describe the experiments and results.Working memory is the…
Digest #172: Mnemonic Devices

Digest #172: Mnemonic Devices

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By Carolina Kuepper-TetzelOur memory capabilities are fascinating and with some tricks we can expand our memory performance quite significantly. These tricks are called mnemonic devices. Mnemonic devices let us organize, elaborate, and visualize information so that we can retrieve that information easier in the future. Mnemonic devices are best applied to learning lists of concepts…
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