TED Video: 10 Myths About Psychology: Debunked

Ben Ambridge: 10 Myths About Psychology: Debunked

Video is 15 minutes in length.

Fast talker and with his Brit accent – Ben is not always easy to follow — but/and it is a great message.

Transcript available.

Learning Styles

… is addressed as one of the 10. From the transcript:

Learning styles are made up and are not supported by scientific evidence.

So we know this because in tightly controlled experimental studies, when learners are given material to learn either in their preferred style or an opposite style, it makes no difference at all to the amount of information that they retain. And if you think about it for just a second, it’s just obvious that this has to be true.

It’s obvious that the best presentation format depends not on you, but on what you’re trying to learn.

Could you learn to drive a car, for example, just by listening to someone telling you what to do with no kinesthetic experience?

Could you solve simultaneous equations by talking them through in your head and without writing them down?

Could you revise for your architecture exams using interpretive dance if you’re a kinesthetic learner?

No. What you need to do is match the material to be learned to the presentation format, not you.


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