TAPP Radio Episode 14
Are Learning Styles Real? Why or Why Not?
0:57 | Can adult brains make new neurons? (revisited)
5:07 | See you at HAPS 2018?
10:40 | Featured topic: learning styles
1 | Can the adult brain make new neurons? Again.
Kevin revisits the notion of whether neurogenesis (growing new neurons) can occur in the adult brain, particularly in the hippocampus. A past episode mentioned a study that said “no” to adult neurogenesis in the brain, bucking current thought. However, a newer paper now supports adult brain neurogenesis. This is fun, isn’t it?
- New Evidence Suggests Aging Brains Continue to Make New Neurons (article by Francis Collins on the new paper)
- Human Hippocampal Neurogenesis Persists throughout Aging (new research paper in Cell)
- Human hippocampal neurogenesis drops sharply in children to undetectable levels in adults (recent paper in Nature suggesting otherwise)
- Episode 5 (Previous episode of this podcast, Segment 1: Can the Adult Human Brain Produce New Neurons?)
2 | See You at HAPS 2018
Kevin once again invites you to the 2018 Annual Conference of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) in Columbus Ohio–and to look him and say “hi” while you are there!
- HAPS 2018 Conference Website
- Succeed in A&P (podcast featuring interview with Peter English, Executive Director of HAPS)
3 | Are Learning Styles Real?
Recent buzz about the Husmann/O’Loughlin paper on learning styles prompts a conversation about what learning styles are and are not. And what, if anything, we should do with them.
- Another Nail in the Coffin for Learning Styles? Disparities among Undergraduate Anatomy Students’ Study Strategies, Class Performance, and Reported VARK Learning Styles (the recent Husmann/O’Loughlin paper)
- The VARK Questionnaire (the now-classic learning style system)
- Not Another Inventory, Rather a Catalyst for Reflection (the paper that started the VARK approach)
- Seven learning styles (another system of learning styles)
- Are Learning Styles Real? (Kevin’s blog post from November 2015)
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