You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you

Editor’s note: This is a cartoon about the backfire effect, which is interesting in terms of understanding why we believe what we believe. The format is worth thinking about too – a powerful message presented in a wonderful, graphic (comic) style.

Food for thought: How your belly controls your brain

Editor’s note: Fascinating to hear how the brain and gut are linked and how the gut can influence our emotions.

Four reasons the future of brain health is digital, pervasive and bright

Editor’s note: This article shows the range and growth of ‘brain health’ initiatives. Worth keeping an eye on how these technologies develop.

Why Neuroplasticity Might Not Be The ‘Hail Mary’ We’re All Looking for

Editor’s note: This piece is a reminder that the concept of neuroplasticity has its limitations and that the brain is a biological system – no amount of plasticity can change that.

Why we’re living in an era of neuroscience hype

Editor’s note: This is great piece by a neuroscientist on why there is so much neuro hype and why we need to be cautious about the claims made on behalf of neuroscience.

Despite what you’ve been told, you aren’t ‘left-brained’ or ‘right-brained’

Editor’s note: This piece is a couple of years old but nevertheless it is worth sharing and resharing as it includes more research to dispel the right brain, left brain myth.

Lumosity’s Stumble Reveals How We Think About Thinking

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Editor’s note: A well balanced article on brain training games. The jury is still out on whether such games have any benefit on memory or cognitive function. But, that doesn’t mean to say there isn’t any benefit.

John Cacioppo: ‘Loneliness is like an iceberg – it goes deeper than we can see’

Editor’s note: John Cacioppo, author of the book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, says that loneliness is not only a big problem for humans, but one that can affect us in more ways than we might care to imagine.

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought

Editor’s note: This research shows just how complex the brain is. More reason to a) marvel at what neuroscience is telling us and b) proceed with caution with these developments.

Does speaking a second language really improve cognition?

Editor’s note: There is an interesting ‘debate’ going on amongst researchers as to whether speaking two languages is good for your cognitive powers. The debate unearths some key areas for consideration for L&D professionals when it comes to taking scientific research at face value – I’m thinking neuroscience in particular. It seems that positive research findings get more airwaves than negative ones which has big implications for what we consider to be the ‘truth’.

Little real world application so far, but learning and devleopment must understand where neuroscience fits in to organisational learning

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HR and L&D professionals looking for real life examples of how #neuroscience is being used in the workplace will have to look very hard. There is a dearth of formal, practical application at the moment. This is despite the regular stream of #research and articles about latest neuroscience findings and the insights it offers HR […]

Video of the week: Daniel Levitin on Information Overload

Neuroscientist #daniel levitin discusses the impact of #information overload on the brain. He says that ‘uni-tasking’ at work is more productive than multi-tasking and that people who take a break for 15 minutes every two hours (to let the brain go into its daydream state) are also more productive.

Power failure: why small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience

Editor’s note: This is an interesting read which shows that neuroscience research suffers from a low number of people taking part in studies. This in turn affects the statistical validity of the research. That’s not to say the research is invalid, it is just worth understanding more about the efficacy of the research, especially as L&D starts to embrace neuroscience with open arms.

Neuroscience research – a lot of learning for learning and development?

In an article for the Guardian, Kate Button, a research psychologist at the University of Bristol, says that the small size of #neuroscience studies undermines the reliability of the conclusions drawn from them. Button analysed 48 published papers that included data from 49 meta analyses and 730 primary studies and gave the research a statistical […]

Brain training doesn’t give you smarts … except when it does

Editor’s note: This article shouts out why L&D professionals need to be on top of developments in the cognitive sciences. Otherwise, how can we be sure what’s called out as being phoney is actually phoney?