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Weekend Reads: Don’t Take Notes on a Laptop and Running Plasticity

Don’t Take Notes on a Laptop

When it comes to learning, easier is not always better. Here’s a good read on the subject.

I used to talk about this in my classes all the time. It’s easier to retain the information you acquire more difficultly.

Also to add to the conversation is the following research article. If you want to know which study techniques are most useful to hack your learning, read this:

Dunlosky, J., Rawson, K. A., Marsh, E. J., Nathan, M. J., & Willingham, D. T. (2013). Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), 4–58. doi:10.1177/1529100612453266

 

Brain Plasticity and Running

Very interesting stuff from BrainHQ. I’ll definitely be going back through this one again. Again, the central message is to teach your brain something new.

The quoted neuroscientist, Dr. Mike Merzenich, is featured in a fantastic chapter of a book called The Brain that Changes Itself (it’s a compelling read; highly recommended). BrainHQ is his baby.

Weekend Watch and Read: Interdisciplinary Integration and Neuroplasticity

Interdisciplinary Integration

At the core of interdisciplinary integration is the brain. This TED talk shows a few examples of how practitioners from multiple backgrounds can work together to do incredible work.

 

PRI and Neuroplasticity

I can’t wait to meet this man. Trevor Rappa writes his last post for the Hruska Clinic. This details motor learning of a client/patient while undergoing a PRI training program.

What My 9-Year-Old Sister Taught Me About Exercise

Have you ever been uninspired to go to the gym?

Maybe the gym isn’t the place you should be going.

Yesterday, I convinced my siblings to go to the nearby school with me and play soccer. Then I made them pose awkwardly so I could tell the internet about it.

 

awkward-soccer

I wanted to exercise, but I didn’t want traditional gym stuff. I needed something fun and unpredictable.

Stuff like this 2v2 soccer game gets undervalued by the analytical-minded. I’ve fallen into this trap before. But if four unskilled Goykes can go play soccer and get their hearts pumping, maybe that’s a viable substitute to structured training.

It doesn’t matter what skill level you are; it’s still fun, and you still get a workout. So feelings of incompetence are not valid excuses. NOT IN MY HOUSE!

Take my youngest sister, for instance.

Rylie very much dislikes exercise. She’s even told us, “Face it, guys. I’m just not meant to exercise.”

If you want to ride a roller coaster of emotion, listen to your sister tell you that. Gives me shivers just thinking about it.

This was her last night at my Team Training group class (yes, we got her to get up and move around twice in one day).

 

LOOK AT THAT SMILE!

The fact that she’s capable of that fake smile while doing a plank shows how far she’s come. Someone who has never liked exercise is started to think maybe it could be okay.

My goal for her is NOT perfect exercise technique, but enjoyment of the exercise experience. Does technique play into that? Yes, because I need to manage the pain she feels. This negative emotion combats the positive emotions I want her to have. Otherwise, technique is on the backburner.

[Tweet “Sometimes you have to get out of your head and into the world around you.”]

We’ve got miles to go with her, but we’ve come lightyears.

Next time you’re feeling like Rylie, try something new. All you need is a bike, a ball, and ground.

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