#lrnchat Feb. 23: The Mind, Body and Learning

“Over the past decade, in study after study in animals and people, exercise has been shown to improve the ability to learn and remember. But the specifics of that process have remained hazy. Is it better to exercise before you learn something new? What about during? And should the exercise be vigorous or gentle?”

– New York Times: Article ‘How Exercise Can Help Us Learn’, Aug. 7, 2013 written by GRETCHEN REYNOLDS

Join us February 13, 8:30-9:30 pm ET for #Lrnchat as we The Mind, Body and Learning


Brain activity after a 20 minute walk – via @scienceporn
Mental Practice Makes Perfect – via PsyBlog
How Exercise Can Help Us Learn – via NY Times

#lrnchat January 30 – Learning by Making

In last week’s #LRNCHAT we talked about looking beyond creativity to cultivate imagination and learning. For this week’s #LRNCHAT we expand on one of the ideas we touched last week – learning by making. One of the trends in the ‘learning by making’ trend is the Maker Movement.

Maker Movement – Part of the maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY (Do It Yourself) culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. (Wikipedia)

Here are some readings on the Maker Movement and ‘Learning by Making.’

#Lrnchat November 14: The Implications of our Individual and Organizational Habits

Stop biting your nails!

Habits are those unconscious, automatic behaviors. Not always bad or good yet commanding much of what we and our organizations do each day. In Charles Duhhig’s book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business he explores various habits that impact our actions, those of the people around us, and even the organizations we work for. Success and failure are less about the strategies that are employed and more about the routines we unconsciously engaged in.

Join us November 14, 8:30-9:30 pm ET for #Lrnchat as we explore the habit cycle: cue-routine-reward and the implications it has for us and learning and development.

Pre-read: How You Can Harness “The Power of Habit”

#lrnchat October 17: Cognitive Resource Pools

“Willpower/self-control and cognitive tasks drain the same tank, deplete it over here, pay the price over there. One pool.  One pool of scarce, precious, easily-depleted resources.” – Kathy Sierra

At the end of a stressful or problem-solving filled day do you notice your willpower disappear.   Join us October 17, 8:30-9:30 pm ET, for a conversation about cognitive/willpower resource pools: When it’s happened to you, how it impacts your decisions, and how can you replenish it .

Prereading: Your App Makes Me Fat

See you Thursday!

Reference Information for #Lrnchat – September 12 “Anxiety and Intention in Learning”

Here is some background reference material for tonight’s Lrnchat.  You won’t necessarily need to read this material to participate fully in the conversation.  However, we provide it here for you use as needed:

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The Yerkes–Dodson law is an empirical relationship between arousal and performance, originally developed by psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson in 1908.[1] The law dictates that performance increases with physiological or mental arousal, but only up to a point. When levels of arousal become too high, performance decreases.

Yerkes–Dodson law. (2013, April 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:26, September 12, 2013, from