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Brain based learning

I suspect most educators have heard of brain-based learning (I read a particularly dismissive article on the subject recently where the author questioned what the alternatives are: Liver-based learning? Is that like butt-based sitting? Oops, off topic). Brain-based learning theories are often accepted without critical reflection. For some reason, however, perfectly normal, sane human beings accept all kinds of statements when prefaced by “neurospeak”, as detailed in the Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations (.pdf). When we hear certain ideas expressed in non-neurospeak language, we are often quite good add evaluating bad information. When similar information is presented in neurospeak, our commonsense judgment seems to fade and we accept bad information. A short video (8 min) video on Brain based education: Fad or breakthrough.