View Full Version : Training in Strategic Thinking, Not Rote-Learning, Develops Thinking and Memory Capacity

C. Flower
01-05-2014, 07:26 PM
Changes being made in the Irish education system rely on criticism of "stuffing the head with facts"

This research suggests that it is easier to develop memory as part of strategic thinking training.


I am hoping that changes will not involve any half-baked jettison of knowledge in favour of random 'project work' but does incorporate training as described in this project.

Strategy-based cognitive training has the potential to enhance cognitive performance and spill over to real-life benefit according to a data-driven perspective article by the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. The research-based perspective highlights cognitive, neural and real-life changes measured in randomized clinical trials that compared a gist-reasoning strategy-training program to memory training in populations ranging from teenagers to healthy older adults, individuals with brain injury to those at-risk for Alzheimer's disease.
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"Our brains are wired to be inspired," said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHeath and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. "One of the key differences in our studies from other interventional research aimed at improving cognitive abilities (http://medicalxpress.com/tags/cognitive+abilities/) is that we did not focus on specific cognitive functions such as speed of processing, memory, or learning isolated new skills. Instead, the gist reasoning training program encouraged use of a common set of multi-dimensional thinking strategies to synthesize information and elimination of toxic habits that impair efficient brain performance."