• Provide fully and partially worked examples to support problem solving

    Owing to the limitations of working memory, understanding new concepts and applying those concepts to solve a problem requires structured support.
    Support learning in your organisation – whether with training interventions, resources, or coaching – by ensuring problem solving using new concepts is mastered through a gradual switch from worked examples to full problems.

    Step by step…

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  • Sex! Death! Food! – and Patterns!?

    Now that should have grabbed your attention – well, your brain’s attention anyway! And if you’re unsure why…
    …then don’t miss out on a great podcast interview by Ginger Campbell with John Medina.
    Brain Rules with Dr. John Medina
    We could paraphrase things here – but our advice is simply listen and enjoy for yourself.
    John’s book (Brain Rules) [...]

  • E-brain training

    Next week on SharpBrains they’ll be publishing a full interview with Martin Buschkühl, one of the researchers who recently published findings on how motivated people engaged in mental exercise had improved problem solving ability in unrelated areas. (See The Telegraph’s article.)
    It has to be said that the findings didn’t come as any real surprise, but [...]

  • Working memory… less is sometimes more

    How good’s your working memory? Better than a 7 year old chimpanzee called Ayumu?
    We happened across a fascinating CNN article a while ago on research at the Primate Research Institute (Kyoto University), where a number of chimps have been learning linguistic skills.
    The experiment below is on working memory and numerals. Ayumu is shown a series [...]