The science of learning and development: lessons from neuroscience

The science of learning and development: lessons from neuroscience
Lane4 Management Group Ltd.

Traditionally, neuroscience has been kept very separate from the L&D world which has mainly relied on studying behavioural changes.

Through years of research, we now understand so much more about the brain than we did before, and this new knowledge is starting to shed light on how we learn best. But, when we look at how insight from neuroscience is being put into practice, it’s easy to find a whole host of ideas, interventions and practices that aren’t grounded in research and science.

In this white paper, we explore key principles from current thinking in neuroscience, dispel common neuroscience myths and look at which evidence-based neuroscience strategies can actually be applied to enhance your L&D strategy. 

Key headlines from ‘The science of learning and development: lessons from neuroscience’

Neuroscience 101:

  • Our brain makes us who we are and it controls all bodily functions. It’s always changing in response to our environment and behaviours.

  • Learning is one activity that fires up our brain and forms new connections causing the brain’s structure to change. For these connections to stay strong, behaviours that fire up our brain (e.g. learning) must be repeated often.

  • There are some common neuroscience myths such as ‘we only use 10% of our brain’ or ‘people are either left brain (logical) or right brain (creative) dominant’. In this whitepaper, we take time to explore the truth behind these myths.

Applying neuroscience to your L&D strategy:

  • Neuroscience strategies that are well researched and affect how well we learn include; exercising to increase learning efficiency, sleeping to consolidate learning, and playing learning games to trigger chemical rewards in the brain.

  • Findings from neuroscience show that learning can rarely be a one-off event. Learning must be a blended journey and it is key to make connections between different elements of the learning.

  • To create neuro-friendly learning programme, L&D professionals should consider how they:

    • Help people remember how their learning fits together

    • Harness the power of a visual learning journey

    • Add richness and a story to the way blended learning is put together. 

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