recommendsslightly older peers.Now let’s put more information ontop of this long list of recommendations: according torecent studies, we need to bringmore color, action and positivestress into the classroom.
Did you hear about the adrenalineexperiment?
What role doesexcitement play in helping usremember new information?
Here’s a quote from a 60 Minutes report
Adrenaline makes memories.How can we use thisinformation?
The story begins with somesurprising discoveries about memory. It turns out our memoriesare sort of like Jello – they taketime to solidify in our brains. And while they're setting, it's possibleto make them stronger or weaker.It all depends on the stresshormone adrenaline.The man who discovered this is James McGaugh, a professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine.McGaugh studies memory in rats,and he invited Stahl to watch themaking of a rat memory – in thiscase how a rat who's never been inthis tank of water before learnshow to find a clear plastic platform just below the surface."He’ll swim around randomly," McGaugh explains. The rat cannot see the platform, since his eyes areon the top of his head.The rat will swim around the edgefor a long time, until eventually heventures out and by chance bumpsinto the platform. The next day,he'll find the platform a little bit faster.But another rat, who had learned where the platform was the day prior, and then received a shot of adrenaline immediately afterwards,today swam instantly to the platform. Adrenaline actually made this rat'sbrain remember better, and McGaugh believes the same thinghappens in people. "Suppose I said to you, 'You know, I've watched your programs a lot over the years,and although it pains me to haveto tell you this, I think you're oneof worst people I've ever seen on …now don't take it, don't take it personally,'" McGaugh says.
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