Reading things we disagree with

Quite often we read texts we disagree with. Our brain is hard-wired to ignore this sort of information and occasionally react in anger. This is not the most effective approach. In this article, I  show several alternatives. As always, you are welcome to read more here, here, here, here, and here. Why we shut down when …

Self awareness and cognitive biases

People are not perfect. Some of these imperfections are known as cognitive biases. Being aware of our cognitive biases, we may be able to mitigate them. Self-awareness is strongly linked to personal wellbeing, professional success, and learning abilities. For more reading please check here, here, here, here, here, and here. Why questions Being a scientist, I …

Reading, rereading and ghosting effects

Quite often true memories are mixed up with false memories. Quite often this happens when we read too slow. For today’s article, you may want to read here, here, here, here, and here. This article is inteded to be an overview: each of the subjects was already discussed in some other form on this blog. …

The memory-friendly way to say no

Quite often we need to say “no”. Our language is very rich, and there are many ways to do that. Some ways are very direct, while others are more subtle. The way we choose to say “no” may affect our memory. For more information I suggest reading here, here, here, here, and here. Japanese: a …

Ways to Fight Information Overflow

This is a guest article by Sophia Anderson. This particular article was not easy to write, and several rounds of writing and editing went into it. So please thank Sofia for her hard work in your comments.  Sophia Anderson is an associate educator, blogger and freelance writer. She is passionate about covering topics on learning, writing, business, …

Six types of socratic questions

We ask similar questions after each time we preread or read the text. The questions can be divided into questions building our curiosity so we can focus on the text and questions we asked in order to ensure we understood the text properly. This post mainly deals with questions of the second kind. If we …

Eidetic learning through observation

Many scientific discoveries have been found through luck and attention to details.  Probably 80% of debugging any programmist performs involves attention to details. Good user interface and graphical design require immense attention  to details. Ability to observe minor changes and make good and quick decision is important in all human endeavors I can think of, …

Remembering formulas

VS on Facebook: Is it a good idea to use mind maps for formulas (like in Physics, Math etc) Lev Goldentouch: Using mindmap for formulas is pretty much what a computer does. As human, I would also dual code small funny animations of each specific factor in the formula and why/how it changes the end …

Comprehension vs retention

Very often I need to explain difference between comprehension and retention. An interesting tool to explain this is Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive levels. While there is controversy related to validity of the taxonomy and which variation of the taxonomy is correct, I will use it below as a visualization tool. For more detailed explanation of each …