By Peter Jarvis, Stella Parker
Learning is without doubt one of the most elementary of human actions. The learn of, and examine into, studying kinds a relevant a part of academic reports. The well-respected and tested authors, Jarvis and Parker, not just concentrate on the mental techniques of human studying, yet additionally they study the significance of the connection among the physique and the brain. For the 1st time, this booklet considers how our neurological, organic, emotional and non secular colleges all impression on human studying.
Topics lined include:
- the biology of learning
- personality and human learning
- thinking and studying styles
- gender and human learning
- life cycle improvement and human learning
- emotional intelligence and learning
- morality and human learning
- learning within the social context.
Drawing on fabric from the worlds of technological know-how and social technological know-how, and with contributions from foreign authors, this e-book could be of curiosity to lecturers in a variety of disciplines.
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The other 90 per cent are programmed to self-destruct (‘apoptose’) because they fail in a lethal competition with other neurones to make useful functional connections. This is an example of a general principle of brain function that persists throughout life: ‘use it or lose it’. The main function of each neurone is to communicate with other neurones via synapses made with its dendrites and axons, either close by or at great distances. In an adult the axons of neurones connecting touch receptors 34 John Stein on the toe with the brain are up to 2 metres in length.
Once these pioneers had ‘broken out of the box’ and carved new ways of thinking, others could learn to follow. But following new ways of thinking can be hard, especially if the learning involved goes against ‘the grain’ of intuition. These eleven or so intuitive faculties were all that were needed for our prehistoric ancestors’ way of life. As far as we know they had no cognitive tools for any counter-intuitive ways of understanding the world. Today, counter-intuitive ways of understanding the world have led to the development of the science and technology that underpins contemporary lifestyles.
In evolutionary terms, this represents a very rapid transition from behaviour patterns associated with bare subsistence to those associated with agriculture, settlement and urbanisation. The changes necessary for this are likely to have been brought about by factors other than biology, and the most likely driver for such rapid change is human culture. Culture is the product of the human brain and our capacity for culture is considered the major adaptation driving our transition from the so-called ‘primitive’ lifestyles of early Homo sapiens to the modern day.