Chapter 7 defines and discusses memory skills, provides tips and tricks for storing information and building knowledge, and explores the (mostly) downside of multitasking.
The Canadian Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health, and Addition’s website “The Brain from Top to Bottom” is a rich resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the brain, learning, and memory. It has explanations, visuals, and animations that are geared for a variety of learners, from children to academics. It offers “tours” of the brain (Tours include “Why do I say so many stupid things when I’m drunk?” and “Why do I make myself sick instead of just strangling my boss?”) and modules that explain specific brain functions, such as short term memory.
Invite your students to test their memories with Psychology Today’s online memory test.
An interesting article to share with your students: Pyschology Today’s “How to Remember Things.”
Another interesting article: Science Daily’s “Multi-Tasking Adversely Affects Brain’s Learning, UCLA Psychologists Report.” Contrary to conventional wisdom, there are some fairly significant negative effects of multitasking. This article concisely explains how and why multitasking and learning are not compatible.
Time Magazine’s article “Gen M: The Multitasking Generation” offers a glimpse into the so-called Millenials’ multitasking lifestyle. It is a good discussion starter.
Wired.com’s article “Multitasking Muddles Brains, Even When the Computer is Off” explains how and why multitasking negatively affects concentration.
Test your focus with this fun, slightly maddening interactive feature from The New York Times, then have your students test theirs.
Another interactive feature from The New York Times. This one tests how well you (or your students) juggle tasks.
The New York Times’ article “Attached to Technology and Paying the Price” discusses addiction to technology and the effect that attachment has on individuals and families. It’s a good discussion starter.