Become a Better Learner: Unleash Your Brain

Peer Mentoring Services Workshop
Bryn Mawr College
16 March 2005

The student (and teacher and ...) as brain


The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
For - put them side by side -
The one the other will contain
With ease - and You - beside-
.......... Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Education as applied neurobiology

The brain as a story-teller:
from a "reflex machine" to a semi-autonomous, evolving, creative agent

Biology 202, Neurobiology and Behavior
Some relevant observations
Using the loop in practice
Using the loop in practice II

The brain/student as an active learner

The Brain as Modeller AND Story Teller: Evidence for the creative, bipartite brain



The brain/student as both experiencer and thinker
Getting It Less Wrong, The Brain's Way: Science, Pragmatism, and Multiplism
The Bipartite Brain

The Brain as a Story Teller/Listener/Sharer

The brain/student as both learner and teacher

The Bottom line

  • Be active rather than passive
  • Have experiences, think about them, make up your own stories about them, test those stories
  • Learn by listening to and comparing your stories to those of others (both teachers and students)

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