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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse How We Learn for explaining how learning begins
before we are born and can continue through our entire life if we encourage it.

How We Learn
Lectures by Professor Monisha Pasupathi

How We Learn (2012)
24 lectures, 12 hours
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Learning is a lifelong adventure. It starts in your mother's womb, accelerates to high speed in infancy and childhood, and continues through every age, whether you're actively engaged in mastering a new skill, intuitively discovering an unfamiliar place, or just sleeping, which is fundamental to helping you consolidate and hold on to what you've learned. You are truly born to learn around the clock.

But few of us know how we learn, which is the key to learning and studying more effectively. For example, you may be surprised by the following:

  • People tend to misjudge what they have learned well, what they don't yet know, and what they do and do not need to practice.
  • Moments of confusion, frustration, uncertainty, and lack of confidence are part of the process of acquiring new skills and new knowledge.
  • Humans and animals explore their worlds for the sake of learning, regardless of rewards and punishment connected with success.
  • You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, older learners have the benefit of prior knowledge and critical skills - two advantages in learning.

Shedding light on what's going on when we learn and dispelling common myths about the subject, How We Learn introduces you to this practical and accessible science in 24 half-hour lectures presented by Professor Monisha Pasupathi of the University of Utah, an award-winning psychology teacher and expert on how people of all ages learn.

Professor Monisha Pasupathi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah. A former postgraduate fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, she has been recognized for her teaching by both the University of Utah and by Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. Dr. Pasupathi takes her teaching skills outside the classroom through her work with The Leonardo interactive museum and the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Myths about Learning 13: Learning as Theory Testing
2: Why No Single Learning Theory Works 14: Integrating Different Domains of Learning
3: Learning as Information Processing 15: Cognitive Constraints on Learning
4: Creating Representations 16: Choosing Learning Strategies
5: Categories, Rules, and Scripts 17: Source Knowledge and Learning
6: What Babies Know 18: The Role of Emotion in Learning
7: Learning Your Native Tongue 19: Cultivating a Desire to Learn
8: Learning a Second Language 20: Intelligence and Learning
9: Learning How to Move 21: Are Learning Styles Real?
10: Learning Our Way Around 22: Different People, Different Interests
11: Learning to Tell Stories 23: Learning across the Lifespan
12: Learning Approaches in Math and Science 24: Making the Most of How We Learn


How We Learn
Lectures by Professor Monisha Pasupathi

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse How We Learn for explaining how learning begins
before we are born and can continue through our entire life if we encourge it.