How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

by Benedict Carey


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ISBN-13: 9780812984293
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 89,689
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Benedict Carey is an award-winning science reporter who has been at The New York Times since 2004, and one of the newspaper’s most emailed reporters. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in math and from Northwestern University with a master’s in journalism, and has written about health and science for twenty-five years. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Broaden the Margins ix

Part 1 Basic Theory

1 The Story Maker 3

The Biology of Memory

2 The Power of Forgetting 21

A New Theory of Learning

Part 2 Retention

3 Breaking Good Habits 45

The Effect of Context on Learning

4 Spacing Out 65

The Advantage of Breaking Up Study Time

5 The Hidden Value of Ignorance 80

The Many Dimensions of Testing

Part 3 Problem Solving

6 The Upside of Distraction 107

The Role of Incubation in Problem Solving

7 Quitting Before You're Ahead 131

The Accumulating Gifts of Percolation

8 Being Mixed Up 149

Interleaving as an Aid to Comprehension

Part 4 Tapping the Subconscious

9 Learning Without Thinking 175

Harnessing Perceptual Discrimination

10 You Snooze, You Win 195

The Consolidating Role of Sleep

Conclusion: The Foraging Brain 213

Appendix: Eleven Essential Questions 223

Acknowledgments 229

Notes 231

Index 245

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How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
Probably the most informative book I have read in years. I was amazed at the information it contains, and how it was written for ready comprehension. It stands the traditional ideas on learning on end, and provides a solid basis for the knowledge it provides. I especially liked the appendix which summarized the information from the entire book into practical guidelines for use. I will make sure many members of my family get a copy of this book. It is valuable for all ages.
ambVA More than 1 year ago
This book is an extraordinary source of knowledge and info. From previous studies, to the natural process of memory and forgetting, along with why it is important we do both. The author ties it all together using examples from his life that are never boring or irrelevant to the subject. Along with graph and pictures, tips and tricks this book is the perfect book for anyone interested in how we learn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To get anywhere in life, you need to believe. Dare to believe.