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What can psychology and neuroscience tell us about learning? – public lecture by Jason Mattingley

Suitable for:
brain researchers,
general public

What can psychology and neuroscience tell us about learning? – public lecture by Jason Mattingley

When:
13th September 2016
Time:
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Where:

Room 210, 1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne

Cost:
Free

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Learning is crucial to most — maybe all — human endeavours, from recognising a familiar face or reading a book, to mastering long division or understanding the rules of chess. Some types of learning happen quickly, with little or no conscious awareness; others require sustained mental effort and years of practice. People vary in the extent and efficiency of their ability to learn.

Research in experimental psychology and neuroscience has revealed fundamental processes that underpin learning. But these advances have had little impact on education. Most teachers have neither the time nor the training to evaluate the relevant scientific evidence, and school classrooms and curricula are rarely structured to optimise learning outcomes.

Professor Jason B Mattingley from the Queensland Brain Institute and School of Psychology at the University of Queensland will discuss  work by scientists and educators in the Science of Learning Research Centre, a special initiative of the Australian Research Council. He will also reveal some of the challenges involved in bringing the laboratory to the classroom, and vice versa, and highlight work that may eventually improve our ability to learn.