As a learning professional, it’s important to stay fresh and current. You need to feel motivated and even fascinated with your work. One way to do this is to delve into how people learn and how the brain works. This can give you the deep insights required to understand learners and to create worthwhile learning experiences.
With this in mind (pun intended), here are a few sites that feature cognitive psychology podcasts, lectures, research, articles and news. I’m even sneaking in a few brain science sites for the true believers. Sites are listed in alphabetical order—not preference.
And just in case you’re new to this field, cognitive psychology is the discipline that examines our mental processes, such as attention, perception, memory and learning. Cognitive psychology uses an information-processing model to explain mental operations in computational terms. Your resources are below. Enjoy.
Emergency Medicine Physician, Ginger Campbell, features excellent interviews with authors and scientists on popular brain topics, which revolve around cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Guests share recent discoveries and theories, with a focus on giving listeners insights into what makes us human.
Although the Cognitive Daily stopped publishing new articles in January 2010, it has 5 years worth of archives that are worth browsing. Nearly every day for five years, Dave and Greta Munger reported on interesting developments in cognition. You can also check out their Cognitive Monthly page, where they sell a few mini e-books.
You’ll never guess the focus of this blog. M.G. Salvidar, a doctoral student in the above science, does a good job of culling informative and relevant articles at his site. He provides a short summary and a link to the original. A headline like this is sure to catch your attention, “Researchers find the remediation rewires learners’ brains.” I’d call this site simple to use and effective.
Here are 26 video lectures by Prof. Richard A. Kasschau from the University of Houston. The visuals are not particularly effective, but you’ll learn something if you’re new to the field.
This site, written by the authors of a book with the same title, explore “what’s going on inside your brain.” Tom Stafford and Matt Webb write in a casual style and a unique angle. The articles often include tie in human interest and the broader culture.
You may be familiar with MITs Online Courseware as it’s been mentioned in the press for years. Although some of their courses only include the syllabus and lecture notes, many of the Brain and Cognitive Science lectures are recorded as audio files. Listen to these at the gym for a cerebral workout.
This website is about scientific research into how the mind works. The author, Jeremy Dean, reports on studies from reputable academic journals that will be of popular interest.
Michael Brit, Ph.D., has over 100 podcasts and videos covering psychology related topics. You can download the podcasts via this site or iTunes. He covers Critical Thinking, Instructional Tools, Learning/Memory, Emotion and related topics. An excellent feature is the mindmap of his podcast topics.
Science Daily is an aggregate site with the latest science research news, articles, videos and book recommendations. It has an entire section on Mind and Brain with loads of articles. In particular, check out the Neuroscience, Memory and Educational Psychology topics.
This offshoot of Scientific American provides several blogs that are relevant to cognition, neuroscience and human and animal mental phenomena. You can also purchase a subscription to the magazine, Scientific American Mind.
Do you have any cognitive or brain science resources you can share? If so, tell us in the Comments below. See more articles in Cognition.
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