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 [...]

Edward Tolman: Pioneering Cognitive Mapping

September 6th, 2010

When you use SpicyNodes for concept mapping, it feels right. That’s by design. It feels natural because the linked nodes largely mimic the way the brain works. But while linking prior knowledge to form new connections seems intuitive, this process wasn’t acknowledged until the mid-20th century, when cognitive behavioral psychologist Edward Tolman coined the term [...]

Tube map: 500 Years of Science, Reason & Critical Thinking

September 2nd, 2010

Seeking to convey 500 years of science, Crispian Jago got inspired to follow the style of the iconic London Tube Map. The map primarily includes modern scientists who have made significant advances to our understanding of the world, however I have also included many present day scientists who fuel a passion for, and advances in, [...]