Give your hippocampus some spice

December 16th, 2010

When web users control how they learn, they learn more. How well we learn depends on a brain network that is centered on our hippocampus, and several brain networks is connects to, finds University of Illinois psychology professor Neal Cohen in a recently published a study in the journal Nature: “Having active control over a learning [...]

Spicing up 6th grade (Winchester House School)

November 7th, 2010

James, a 6th grade student in the UK, said, “I thought spicynodes was quite fun and it was very clever.” Last month, he and his fellow 6th graders (year 6) at the Winchester House School, in Northants, about 50 miles north of Oxford, England, used SpicyNodes over the course of several lessons based around Internet research, in the ‘Information [...]

Tony Buzan: Mind Mapping Evangelist

September 16th, 2010

When it comes to drawing out creative and associative thought, Tony Buzan is head and shoulders above the rest. He’s the putative inventor of the modern mind map, having created this alternative to linear note taking in the 1960s. Since that time, Buzan has been a leading advocate of mental literacy and the use of [...]