Biggest Breakthroughs of Science

More information is not equal to more learning

Our brain is designed in such a way that it can store a heavy amount of data and sensitive inputs, but a point in which the brain gets overwhelmed with these information and sensory inputs, the scientist calls this as cognitive overload. Our brain receives lots of new information every time and once it reaches an excess of these information and inputs, our brain becomes overwhelmed. At this point, our brain fails to divide our concentration among the various different elements. 

After this phenomenon has been discovered it has led to a lot of implications in education. There are various methods to reduce these implications. They are focusing on previous experiences, eliminating unimportant elements to assist students in recollecting large amount of data.

Emotion changes the pace of learning

Learning does not depend upon IQ of person, research shows that it also depends upon the emotion of the person, how is the mental state of the learner. 

When we are in anxiety or stress, the brains stops access to higher processing and quits framing new associations, making it troublesome or difficult to learn. It makes it very difficult or impossible to learn new things.

Classrooms should have non-stressful environments so that the learners can learn the lessons at their own pace.
Mistakes help to learn

Failure is always considered as a nasty word in most of modern society, but when it comes to the science of learning, researchers says failure is very much important to learn and succeed in life.

Researchers and doctors suggest that the best way to learn something new isn’t to focus on mistakes, but instead to concentrate on how to work correctly.

Our brain requires novelty

Repeating the same thing everyday makes you bored, it lowers your tenacity to learn and pay attention. Researchers found that novelty causes the dopamine system in the Human Brain to become activated. Novelty releases the “feel good” chemical i.e dopamine.

The chemical formula of dopamine: C8H11NO2.

Novelty helps to get off track and helps to think differently, this led to some major changes in how we think about learning.

Learning is social

Some love to read in a library with a stack of books, but research shows that the majority of people need a social environment to maximize their learning. Peer collaboration requires the body to use all the senses and is much more beneficial than people realize.

Learning changes the structure of brain

If new information is used enough it can modify the structure of the brain. Brain function can only be changed through changing of brain structure.

Operation of brain uses the principle “use it or lose it”

If you don’t use your basic skills on a daily basis, you will forget how to speak your own language or how to solve a mathematics question. Research shows that brain always generates much more Cells than the brain needs, with those that receive chemical and electrical stimuli surviving and rest dying off.

Researchers also found these true in junior school (i.e from KG to 12) education as well, students not studying or who don’t keep themselves attached with the study during the vacation are much more likely to forget important skills when they return to class. 

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