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What Are Learning Styles?

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Studies show there are several different ways to learn: what type of learner are you? If you've ever attended a class or lecture, listened intently yet left thinking, "Huh?" then you might be a visual learner. Visual learners are the type who need to see a demonstration or example of a concept in order to understand and apply it. Still doesn't sound like you? That's probably because there are dozens, if not more, of different types of learning styles. Ranging in preferences toward individual or group learning, experiential, auditory and more—the unique genetic make-up of our brains makes us the individual learners we are. For example, some people are more prone to understand the complexities of science and math while others are better apt to dissect literature. Has science really proved the brain's one-sided dominance theory or is it simply a persistent myth?

Which learning theory do you believe—or is more research necessary before we can definitively decide there are unique learning styles at all? How can we become better learners in general? Put on your thinking cap and take a trip into the science behind learning.

Is it true that some people are more 'right brained' or 'left brained?' Certainly some people are more creative and free-thinking, while others are more logic oriented. But is this really a result of one side of the brain being more dominant than the other? Read More: An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging "Lateralized brain regions subserve functions such as language and visuospatial processing. It has been conjectured that individuals may be left-brain dominant or right-brain dominant based on personality and cognitive style, but neuroimaging data has not provided clear evidence whether such phenotypic differences in the strength of left-dominant or right-dominant networks exist." Brain Mythology "Some myths are based on a modicum of truth; others arise from misinterpretations or from a need for a great sound bite." The split brain: A tale of two halves "Since the 1960s, researchers have been scrutinizing a handful of patients who underwent a radical kind of brain surgery. The cohort has been a boon to neuroscience — but soon it will be gone." One Brain...or Two? "How many brains do you have - one or two? Actually, this is quite easy to have only one brain. However, the cerebral hemispheres are divided right down the middle into a right hemisphere and a left hemisphere." The Split Brain Experiments "The split brain experiments revealed that the right and left hemisphere in the brain are good at different things." The Superhuman Mind "Split-brain surgery, or corpus calloscotomy, is a drastic way of alleviating epileptic seizures, the occurrence of sporadic electrical storms in the brain." The Brain's Left and Right Sides Seem to Work Together Better in Mathematically Gifted Middle-School Youth "There really may be something different about the brains of math-heads. Mathematically gifted teens did better than average-ability teens and college students on tests that required the two halves of the brain to cooperate." Lateralization of brain function "The longitudinal fissure separates the human brain into two distinct cerebral hemispheres, connected by the corpus callosum." Watch More: 3D Brain Map: Exercise Your Brain: Ode To Coffee: ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube Subscribe now! DNews on Twitter Anthony Carboni on Twitter Laci Green on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter DNews on Facebook DNews on Google+ Discovery News
Understanding your child's learning style will help you assist them to boost attention and grades. To View How-To Videos on Almost Any Subject Visit:
Visual learners learn best by seeing things. Check out this video for some helpful tips on getting the most out of studying for visual learners.
More than ever, the resources for autodidacts are out there and accessible to anyone, but you have to have the wherewithal to take advantage of these opportunities. Anya Kamenetz: It's never been a better time to be a learner. You have so many resources at your fingertips. You don't have to sit there and say, "Oh gee, I didn't get into Harvard's engineering program."  Guess what, if you want to, you can email the professor and you can go online, you can use open resources to supplement your learning to make things more interesting, more exciting. You should participate in creative networks, whether that means blogging, whether that means making videos, sharing with people in your community. Begin to share your knowledge and share your learning so that you can start to make inroads into the world that you one day want to join. The doors of that world are open to everyone who has the wherewithal and the ability to try to participate.
By any and all measures, Einstein was a genius. But what made him so different from any other person? Turns out his brain was wired in a very different way! Anthony takes a look inside to show you the ways in which Einstein's brain was both different and similar to yours. Read More: The corpus callosum of Albert Einstein's brain: another clue to his high intelligence? Anatomy of the Corpus Callosum Reveals Its Function "The corpus callosum (CC) comprises axons connecting the cortices of the two cerebral hemispheres and is the principal white matter fiber bundle in the brain." Einstein's Corpus Callosum Explains His Genius-Level Intellect "Einstein was undoubtedly one of the most influential physicists of all time, advancing concepts in quantum physics and gaining enormous notoriety for his theory of relativity." THE CORPUS CALLOSUM AND STEREOPSIS "The corpus callosum, a huge band of myelinated fibers, connects the two cerebral hemispheres. Stereopsis is one mechanism for seeing depth and judging distance." Reduced Laterality as a Trait Marker of Schizophrenia-Evidence from Structural and Functional Neuroimaging "Laterality is a characteristic principle of the organization of the brain systems for language, and reduced hemispheric asymmetry has been considered a risk factor for schizophrenia." Decreased activation and increased lateralization in brain functioning for selective attention and response inhibition in adolescents with spina bifida. "We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate functional activity in the brain of adolescents with spina bifida when performing selective attention and response inhibition tasks." Neuroplasticity: Changes in grey matter induced by training "Does the structure of an adult human brain alter in response to environmental demands?" The musician's brain as a model of neuroplasticity "Studies of experience-driven neuroplasticity at the behavioural, ensemble, cellular and molecular levels have shown that the structure and significance of the eliciting stimulus can determine the neural changes that result." Training-induced neuroplasticity in young children "As the main interhemispheric fiber tract, the corpus callosum (CC) is of particular importance for musicians who simultaneously engage parts of both hemispheres to process and play music." Lateralization of Cerebral Functions "The human brain is clearly divided into hemispheres by a deep longitudinal fissure. Although these hemispheres are similar from a gross anatomical point of view, research over the past century suggests that they have specialized functions." The More Hemispheric Lateralization, the Better Thinking Performance "By examining activity of the living human brain at rest via fMRI, NIMH intramural scientists have discovered a secret to how it enhances thinking ability." Brain halves interact differently with each other "...findings detailed this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveal another fundamental difference between the brain's halves - they interact with each other differently, with left-side regions biased to interact more strongly with the same hemisphere, while right-side areas interact more strongly with both hemispheres." Watch More: Reshape Your Brain: Test Tube Wild Card: The Right/Left Brain Myth: ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube Subscribe now! DNews on Twitter Anthony Carboni on Twitter Laci Green on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter DNews on Facebook DNews on Google+ Discovery News
Three psychological theories on dyslexia are prominent, dealing with phonological awareness, processing speed and orthography of the language. Discover three main theories on dyslexia with tips from a recognized scholar of dyslexia treatment in this free video on learning disabilities. Expert: Dr. Diane Sawyer Contact: Bio: Dr. Diane J. Sawyer is the holder of the Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies and an internationally recognized scholar in the field of reading. Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge
Complete video available for purchase at What's more rewarding -- eating a piece of candy, or the sense of anticipation you feel just before you eat it? As far as your brain is concerned, it's probably the latter. Cynergey's Kes Sampanthar explains what dopamine reveals about the neuroscience of motivation.
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