This week 15th-21st May is Learning at Work week, which is an annual event and 2017’s theme is Curious & Creative.
I discovered the power of curiosity in learning and development when I read Neuroscience for Learning and Development by Stella Collins. She explains;
“When we are curious out brains are stimulated by dopamine, a neurotransmitter that works on our internal reward systems…
This is wonderful news if you’re involved in helping people learn because so long as you make them curious you’re making learning enjoyable and they’ll want to come back for me, again and again and again. “
Chapter 5, Motivating learners from curiosity to persistence, expands on;
- what happens to the brain when you’re curious,
- what you can do to increase curiosity in your learners,
- raising curiosity levels through th
e roof – but look out for the backfire.
“If curiosity did kill the cat then it isn’t a very useful state because death tends to curb the learning process”
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interesting in discovering about the psychology and neuroscience that underpins effective and successful training and learning. It introduces the latest research and concepts and suggests practical tools, techniques and ideas to improve how trainers train and how people learn.
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