Chem 104 Essay

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Reflections on ‘The Art of Changing the Brain’ Being able to understand the fundamentals of how, and why, the brain works in the learning process is a fascinating concept. Four phases of learning have been constructed into these areas: concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract hypothesis, and active testing. “In other words, we get information (sensory cortex), make meaning of that information (back inte­gra­tive cor­tex), 3) create new ideas from these mean­ings (front integrative cortex) and 4) act on those ideas (motor cortex). From this I propose that there are four pillars of learning: gathering, analyzing, creating, and acting.” - (Fernandez, 2006) After have read the articles assigned, I have found that this process can be a beneficial in all areas of learning, rather being a student or instructor. Although this book is focused toward people with a neurological understanding, I believe that any studies to improve the learning experience, and to further understand the human brain, is well worth while. One thing that really jumped out to me talks about students who, like myself, cram and rely on memorizing in the information prior the exams, get high grades, however, six months later don’t remember the information. With this concept in mind, Dr.James Zull, “urges the teacher to allow time for the learner to make the deep connections. Without establishing a connection between a new concept and the learner's past experience, only memorizing without understanding is possible. It is the connection that enables understanding, or deep meaning.” - (Howard, 2002) Works Cited Fernandez, A. (2006, October 12). The Art of Changing the Brain: Interview with Dr. James Zull. Retrieved from http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2006/10/12/an-ape-can-do-this-can-we-not/ Howard, P. J. (2002, October 01). Better Teach Through Brain Biology? Retrieved from

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