MyNotes: Brain-Based Learning

Earlier this month, I took a stab at crafting a course on brain-based learning. I soon realized I was in over my head. The experience of being overwhelmed is not uncommon. A friend, designing a course on blended learning, found herself awash in all the information. Where to start, where to end, what to put in between? 

One way that I tried to make sense of some of the information was to create a concept map out of it. It was surprisingly helpful. The map came about as a result of reading countless articles, and a few books on the subject. No doubt, it will take some time to but here are my notes from one book and some of the articles. I save it here so I can have ready access to it in the future and revisit some of my big takeaways.

View CMAP full-size

A few key ideas jumped out at me. May I share them with you?

  • There's good stress and bad stress. One way to deal with bad stress is to use something called MCII. The MCII is an acronym for Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions. It's a four step process you can use.
  • Those that know me know I've been doing my best to eat Mediterranean, with an emphasis on fish at least two to three times a week. Imagine my surprise (ok, you probably already knew this) when discovering foods that improve brain function (and slow cognitive decline) include:
    • Omega 3 Fatty acids (fish, flaxseed, walnuts)
    • Vitamin B has positive impact on memory
Those were some quick takeaways, although there are more as you might guess from the CMAP above.  

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