Monday Nov 27 – Learning Better

  1. reminder that your personalized learning guide is due for next class!!
  3. Learning tips – ppt to view
  4. Show you Know the Brain
  5. Reflection on Learning Styles – worksheet to complete
  6. VIDEOS ON BRAIN RULES by John Medina
    1. as you watch each video, take down THREE key points that relate to the brain rule given – make sure you also write down the rule itself 🙂
      1. Intro – – START at 1:10
      2. Brain rule #1 – (exercise)
        1. #2, 7 skipped intentionally
      3. Brain rule #3 –  (wiring)
      4. Brain rule #4 –  (attention)
      5. Brain rules #5-6 – (memory)
      6. Brain rule #8 – (stress)
      7. Brain rule #9 –    (sensory integration)
      8. Brain rule #10 – (vision trumps)
      9. Brain rule #11 – (gender)
      10. Brain rule #12 – (exploration)

Fun Psych Facts!


Apparently, sniffing rosemary can increase your memory by 75%!!  Do I smell a psych experiment coming?


t turns out that there are compounds in rosemary oil that may be responsible for changes in memory performance. One of them is called 1,8-cineole – as well as smelling wonderful (if you like that sort of thing) it may act in the same way as the drugs licensed to treat dementia, causing an increase in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

These compounds do this by preventing the breakdown of the neurotransmitter by an enzyme. And this is highly plausible – inhalation is one of the best ways of getting drugs into the brain. When you eat a drug it may be broken down in the liver which processes everything absorbed by the gut, but with inhalation small molecules can pass into the bloodstream and from there to the brain without being broken down by the liver.


Here are a couple of articles: