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Research in Learning More: A Marriage of Cognitive Psychology & Digital Learning

Two brains with gears inside

With Karl Szpunar (Harvard), Laura Schulz (MIT) & John Gabrieli (MIT). Moderated by Sanjay Sarma, Dean of Digital Learning.

Advances in cognitive psychology & neuroscience give new insight into how people learn. Understanding and incorporating that research into learning experiences can make them more effective and meaningful. This panel will explore applications of cognitive science to both the residential MIT and global learning experience. Szpunar, Schulz and Gabrieli will speak briefly about their research, followed by a Q&A session.

Recommended pre-reading:

Szpunar K., Khan, N., Schacter, D. (2013): "Interpolated memory tests reduce mind wandering and improve learning of online lectures," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS).

Schulz, L., et al. (2011): "The double-edged sword of pedagogy: Instruction limits spontaneous exploration and discovery," Cognition.

Gabrieli, J., Christoff, K., Ream, J., (2004): "Neural Basis of Spontaneous Thought Processes," Cortex.