Today’s Learning Quotient Question: June 13, 2012
Q. True or false: When you’re learning, it’s best to engage just one of your senses (seeing, hearing) at a time so that you don’t get confused.
A. False. You’ll remember the information better if it’s delivered to more than one of your senses, because multiple kinds of input create richer and more varied representations in your brain. When you go to recall that information, your brain will have more handles, so to speak, with which to grab it and pull it into consciousness. So try speaking words aloud as you read, or drawing a picture to help you understand an abstract concept.
Reference: Moreno, R., & Valdez, A. (2005). Cognitive Load and Learning Effects of Having Students Organize Pictures and Words in Multimedia Environments: The Role of Student Interactivity and Feedback. Educational Technology Research and Development. 53, 35-45.
About your Learning Quotient: Research on the science of learning demonstrates that it’s not some innate intelligence that determines how well you learn, but how much you know about how learning works. Instead of IQ, think LQ: your Learning Quotient. Each day on the Brilliant Blog I’ll be offering a question meant to test your LQ—and an answer meant to raise it. A full-fledged Learning Quotient Quiz is in the works, so stay tuned!