Neuroscience and Learning

An interesting take by Dr. Julia Sperling, a McKinsey Partner and neuroscientist debunks ‘neuromyths’ that have found their way into how we think about learning and leadership development.

I have always been fascinated at how I took up Chinese ink painting at a late stage in my life(during my 40s) and how the fascination with painting, drawing took on a life on its own resulting in me having 5 exhibitions within 5 years, doing commissioned paintings, and teaching Chinese ink painting and drawing classes.  A large part of my earlier working life was with the sciences and in e-learning. Perhaps as what the Bible says, our talents do grow when we put them in the Master’s hand.

Matthew 25:29 summarizes what is the Biblical view of stewardship of our talents from the Parable of the Talents. There is a multiplier effect when we want to be good stewards of what we are given.

“For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

An extract taken from McKinsey website about Dr Julia (Source:

“A medical doctor with a background in neuroscience, Julia Sperling knows what unconscious bias looks like. It’s a flash on a functional MRI, or a delayed reaction time on a test, or poor performance on a simple quiz. And it’s hurting our ability to make good decisions.” – Source

Here is what I have extracted from using this new app Gnowbe:

The universal theory of learning is that life is learning, regardless of your age. Learning occurs when

a. There is trust.

b. The learning process engages all your senses and not just your intellect.

c. Emotions are acknowledged, and encouraged.

d. Learners are given the space to “make meaning” or put things in their own words.

e. Physical movement is embedded into the learning process.

and being true to ourselves – to be vulnerable, transparent and to have integrity.

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