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One of the most complicated and advanced computers on Earth can't be purchased in any store. This astonishing device, responsible for storing and retrieving vast quantities of information that can be accessed at a moment's notice, is the human brain. How does such a dynamic and powerful machine make memories, learn a language, and remember how to drive a car? What habits can we adopt in order to learn more effectively throughout our lives? And how do external factors like traumatic injuries and mood affect our gray matter? The answers to these questions are merely the tip of the iceberg in The Learning Brain.

These 24 half-hour lectures offer in-depth and surprising lessons about how the brain learns and how we can optimize that learning. Begin your journey by focusing on which parts of the brain are responsible for different kinds of memory, from personal experiences and memorized facts to short-term memory, and how these systems work on a psychological and biological level. Then, discover how to better absorb and retain all kinds of memories in all stages of life. This course is chock-full of valuable information, whether you're learning a new language at 60 or discovering calculus at 16. If you need better study habits, struggle with learning a new skill, or just worry about memories fading with age, The Learning Brain will provide illuminating insights.

Take this journey with Thad Polk, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, whose well-organized curriculum and relaxed teaching style ease you into intricate aspects of learning science, including the underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms involved. Professor Polk's credentials in psychology and over 20 years' experience in education shine through every lecture of The Learning Brain as he firmly supports this rigorous exploration with scientific studies conducted over the last several decades of neuroscientific research.

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At least every teacher should listen to it

Excellent, many interesting ideas based on credible research. Fun to listen. I learned new insights into how brain works.

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One of the best Courses I have ever listened too.

Dr Polk is a great teacher. I like the way he explains the theory and how correlation does not always identify the cause. Good science takes time and improves over time.

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The Latest on Brain Resear

This course will really expand your metaphorical abilities, your ability to think about your thinking.

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what I learned...

I learned there are two types of learning: explicit and symantec. Google these in depth and save yourself 14 hours.

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good lectures about learning and the brain

I really enjoyed the content and especially the teaching by the professor and certainly one aspect that I was unexpected I will listen to him again

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A really great course

I enjoyed listening to this course and I did learn a great deal from it. The lecturer is a wonderful teacher and is a pleasure to listen to. I recommend this course highly.

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  • WSW
  • NYC
  • 07-18-18

Best review on current research

Wonderful review of relevant research. As a teacher this was very useful. I can now discard the useless techniques knowing the research backs me up.

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  • Michael
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  • 08-05-18

Recommended!

Mind expanding. Moderately engaging. Very worthwhile survey of what is known about learning by humans.

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 08-07-18

A fascinating course

Sorts the myths from the truth about learning, memory and how they really work. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to better understand optimal learning strategies for long term results.

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