Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 72 - June 2011 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the June 2011 issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This issue we have an article by guest contributor David Hyner on Goal Setting. David has also generously offered special deal for Newsletter subscribers to attend his charity workshop in June. Also in this issue, news of research into alcohol and memory plus the regular quote of the month, Mind Mapping Tip and what I’m up to..


Mind Mapping Tip of the Month

Allow a gestation period for ideas to mature in your subconscious if you are problem-solving with a Mind Map. Use a Mind Map to gather and organise the facts, define the problem and, if possible, the ideal outcome. Then switch off: have a bath, go for a long walk, sleep on it. The subconscious will be working on the problem the whole time and will alert the conscious mind when it has a solution. An idea will ‘pop into your head’!

Creative situations

June's Quote of the Month


"Life is full of obstacle illusions."

~ Grant Frazier

More quotes here


What's Phil Up To?

Phil's Photo

I have been creating lot of memory and Mind Mapping resources for Primary Schools. I was at a school a couple of weeks ago answering questions and helping teach Mind Mapping to the kids and teachers.

As a World Champion I was seen as a bit of a celebrity and ended up signing autographs! I doubt they’d fetch much on ebay.


Realistic and Achievable Goals DO NOT Work

David's Photo  David Hyner is a researcher and professional speaker on the subject of goal setting and achievement. His 140 research interviews with top achievers from all walks of life have concluded that the much taught "R&A" goals are NOT what the super successful do...

David says... "They nearly all suggested or clearly demonstrated that they set MASSIVE goals !" He goes on to say that "they truly know how to do things that work, and then keep doing them" and he recalls how they build a strong sense of purpose around their goal to overcome their fears of failure, and how they "look into" successful people rather than "looking up to" them, like so many others do.

David’s research based process for goal setting is easy to use and has reaped MASSIVE results for those using it including those who have become best selling authors, entrepreneurs, charity fundraisers, sporting champions and more....

R&A “steps” towards a bigger goal is what they do and with the associated thoughts and behaviours that we discovered, we have developed over the years a working model for goal setting that is hard to beat.

Tim Watts CEO of Pertemps said, “I set BIG, FAT, HAIRY goals !”

Do your goals make you want to get out of bed an hour earlier just to work on them?

Jules Morgan – marine design engineer and powerboat racing champion said, “can you name me anything of mankind's greatest ever achievements that would have been achieved if they had set realistic and achievable goals?”

How would you want to be remembered...what will be your legacy? Does your current level of goals match with your desired outcomes?

When set using our research based process the goals easily overcome procrastination, easily dismiss time management issues, and blow the negative assumptions of others out of the water.

He is delivering a "rare" open workshop with profits going to his Child’s special school on Saturday 25th June 2011 at an England, Midlands venue, and if any readers wish to attend and quote "Learn-Tech" when booking, they can bring a friend, associate or family member along as their guest for F.R.E.E.

All he asks is that they make a token donation to the school in return. Find out more here.

More information about David Hyner can be found at www.davidhyner.com or www.stretchdevelopment.com


Alcohol and Memory

I have been enjoying the odd glass of claret over the Bank Holiday weekend. I am a firm believer, to quote Marie Lloyd, that “A little of what you fancy does you good.” New research by neurobiologist Hitoshi Morikawa at the University of Austin, Texas explains why we enjoy drinking alcohol and how drinking causes us to lay down subconscious memories more readily.

Whenever you do something, a network of brain cells link together. These connections are made via the release of various chemicals called neuro-transmitters. The more you practice something the more neuro-transmitter is released and hence the easier it is to perform the same thing again. One such transmitter is dopamine that is associated with pleasurable experiences. "… but more accurately it's a learning transmitter," says Morikawa. "It strengthens those synapses that are active when dopamine is released."

"Alcohol, in this model, is the enabler. It hijacks the dopaminergic system, and it tells our brain that what we're doing at that moment is rewarding (and thus worth repeating)."

It is thought that the alcohol induced learned response can lead to addiction and, once the mechanism is clearly understood, drugs can be developed to break the association between alcohol and pleasure. "We're talking about de-wiring things," says Morikawa. "It's kind of scary because it has the potential to be a mind controlling substance. Our goal, though, is to reverse the mind controlling aspects of addictive drugs."

The psychology of habit forming and breaking is explained in ‘Head Strong’ by Tony Buzan. You can also read more in my previous newsletter here:

That’s it for this month. Look out for the next newsletter at the beginning of July and feel free to be in touch in the meantime.

My contact details are here.

Best Wishes