Austin's NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Science
00000175-b316-d35a-a3f7-bbdefeea0000Each week on Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, explore different aspects of human behavior and the brain.In conversations hosted by producer Rebecca McInroy, the two renowned psychologists cover everything from the effects of sugar on the brain, to what's happening in our minds while we sleep, and much, much more.Listen to the Two Guys every Friday at 7:51 a.m., 1:49 and 4:51 p.m. on KUT-FM. You can always dig into the posts below or checkout and subscribe to podcasts via iTunes. We'd love to know what you're curious about! Email us your topics and suggestions at twoguys@kut.org. And follow Two Guys on Twitter: @2GoYH

Debunking Myths Behind Different Learning Styles

6695933435_a17dc9fcb1_b.jpg
sharpschool.com

Are you an auditory learner or a visual learner?  If you answered "yes" you would be right. That's because we use all our senses to learn and process information.

In this edition of Two Guys On Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke dispel the myths behind learning styles preferences: they don’t really exist. 

Our reliance on the theories of learning styles to explain our success or failure of understanding certain information is actually serving our human need to put things into categories – combined with our need to explain things when they don’t work. 

Identifying with a specific category of learning style allows us to sit back in our comfort zone and never break the boundaries that restrict us. Learning is hard. Inherently, learning requires a certain amount of discomfort. 

What every good teacher strives to offer is a what UC Berkley Psychology Professor Robert Bjork calls desirable difficulty – a challenge that doesn’t incite so much discomfort that the student is driven away by fear of incompetence. 

We all need to flex our brain muscles a  bit when we’re learning something, and take advantage of our ability to learn in different ways.  We can all learn via different modalities, though we may have a preference of one over another.

Check out this video of Dr. Robert Bjork describe learning and desirable difficulty.

Related Content