ISSUE 94 - May 2013 - by Phil Chambers
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Welcome to the May 2013 issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.
This month we have an article on the Von Restorff Effect in memory plus our regular features of quote of the month, Mind Mapping tip and what I’m up to.
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,
it's a way of looking at life through the
wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do,
and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
More quotes here
What's Phil Up To?
Professor Crawford receives his award from Prince Mohsin Ali Khan. Raymond Keene OBE applauds.
Mind Mapping Tip of the Month.
Use single key words on branches. Key words succinctly summarise information. Using one word per line has three main benefits:
What Does Harry Potter Have To Do With A German Psychologist And A Phenomenal Memory?
I have often stated that I believe J. K. Rowling weaves personal development messages into her books. This may or may not be an instance of such. Harry Potter’s owl that delivers messages to Hogwarts is called Hedwig.
This also happens to be the first name of the early twentieth century, female, German psychologist Hedwig von Restorff (1906–1962).Von Restorff worked as a postdoctoral assistant to Wolfgang Köhler at the Psychological Institute of the University of Berlin and wrote a paper in 1933 on the topic of spontaneous recall based on distinctiveness or dissimilarity to surrounding items. The effect now bears her name.
Put simply, the Von Restorff effect states that we more easily remember things that are unusual, outstanding or out of the ordinary.
If you want to commit information to memory you need to take heed of Hedwig!
There are various ways of making things outstanding. These include:
That’s it for this month. I’ll be back in touch with the next newsletter in early June.