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Improving memory by improving learning strategies
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Desirable difficulties: Slowing down learning Fast learning doesn't lead to long-term retention of information. In this interview, Dr. Bjork explains that it is beneficial to create study conditions in which learning is slowed down to allow for better memory for the information in the long... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:05:43
Dissociating learning from performance Performance is something that one can easily measure. How well does a person remember some facts? How well can an athlete perform a particular task? Learning is something that needs to be inferred from performance - it cannot be observed directly... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:04:23
Input less, Output more Dr. Bjork emphasizes that actively engaging with material by producing outlines, creating study questions, quizzing oneself or others, is much more effective in generating long-term retention of material than exposing oneself over and over to the... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:03:21
Robert A. Bjork - Long-Term Memory Dr. Bjork is a leading expert in the field of applied memory research and its implication for education and instruction. In this interview he outlines his main theory of long-term memory (the new theory of disuse) and how losing access to memories... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive
Spacing Improves Long-Term Retention When learning new material or new skills, spacing the learning episodes over large periods of time will improve the long-term retention of the material or skills. Cramming (or massed practice) will enable a student to perform well on an exam hours... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:04:58
The Benefits of Interleaving Practice One of the dilemmas facing a learner is the seductive nature of blocked practice. Performance improves fast and learning seems to be optimal - which is the reason why in many areas the idea of blocked practice - or focusing on one thing at a time... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:05:59
The Effect of Context on Memory Everything we do occurs in a particular context. How does this context influence our memory of events and facts that we want to recall? According to Dr. Bjork, variability in study context will give a learner more potential retrieval cues to... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:08:47
The Future of Learning Modern learners will have to be more self-reliant and sophisticated than previous generations. Learning will often occur outside of the standard educational framework and rely more on technology and self-directed learning experiences. This... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:05:50
Using our memory shapes our memory Unlike a typical data-storage device human memory is shaped by its use. Information stored in memory is made more or less accessible by how the information is used. Non-use makes it more difficult to retrieve, while recall of information... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:04:41