Neurocrap

A new blog and new blog post by Paul Kirschner (this time together with Mirjam Neelen). One to follow, imho).

…and why it survives

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

In the past few decades, myths about our brains and their functioning – so called neuromyths – have been born, been propagated and have stubbornly lived on. In schools and higher education institutions as well as in the workplace, this ‘neurocrap’ seems to persist and is used to justify a mass of ineffective instructional or learning approaches. Howard-Jones stated in his recently published article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience: “Imagine that brains are active for only 10%, shrink if you do not drink 6-8 glasses of water per day and that the communication between the two brain halves can be stimulated by massaging two invisible buttons on your chest”. Such rubbish is – for a true neuroscientist – hard to imagine, yet teachers (also trainers, parents, policy makers, instructional designers, producers of learning and training materials, etc.) all over the…

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