A Few Resources Related to Cognition and Learning for EDUC 6115~

Posted: January 21, 2013 in EDUC 6115
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EDUC 6115 Blog post for WK 2

For the second application assignment for Week 2 we were tasked with locating and reviewing a couple of websites or online journals with information related to the weekly study topics, including the brain and learning, problem solving during learning, and information processing.  Finding useful resources was tricky because I wanted to focus on free sites, however many of the professional journals and websites require a paid subscription.  However, some paid sites may offer a discounted student fee.   Often, one of the most important benefits of a site is its links which may lead you to other amazing sites so remember to explore links on the pages you visit.  For this assignment I am providing reviews on four sites as follows:

1.  American Educational Research Journal

The American Educational Research Journal site is “concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.” Membership is free for this site and has many benefits including a free subscription to the Educational Researcher journal, a complimentary subscription to another AERA journal of your choice, discounted subscriptions to additional journals, networking opportunities, as well as access to the AERA Online Paper Repository.
I completed the quick membership process and now look forward to perusing the vast tomes.  I suspect that I will have use of this site many times.

2.  Simply Psychology

Simply psychology is a free site containing indexed articles on such topics as cognition, processing models, learning theory, and various relevant psychologists.  The site is free and not expansive, by any means, but does have some good basic information and shows promise as the site grows.  A sample article that I found relevant and interesting is this article called, Study of Memory in Psychology, in which the basic tenets of memory acquisition are reviewed and enhanced with a fascinating video documentary on The Mystery of Memory.  Also included are a large number of links to additional information on memory for more in-depth study.

3.  American Psychological Association

Besides determining the rules by which we cite resources in our school homework and research, The American Psychological Association (APA) also hosts a website providing information regarding all things psychology.  Membership is required for access to a multitude of professional and scientific publications, many of which contain articles and studies regarding neuroscience, learning, and education topics.  Membership for graduate students is currently $55, so I intend to join to take advantage of the tremendous amount of information and resources available.  I suspect this will be incredibly useful throughout my graduate endeavors at Walden University, and beyond.  A few of the publications available through APA are:

  • American Psychologist
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Comparative Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology

4.  YouTube

My last suggestion for today is YouTube.  While I have used YouTube for primarily entertainment purposes, we should not ignore the site’s value in providing educational content.  Many videos are to be found in the field of instructional design, neuroscience, education, learning theory, etc. Consider this video on learning and the brain,

The Brain and Learning

Another example is this animated explanation of the structure of the brain and the current thinking on the functions of the hemispheres.

RSA- The Divided Brain

And when your work is done, or when you just need a break, there are lots of hilarious kitty videos!

References:

McGilchrist, I. (2011). RSA Animate- The Divided Brain. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QwlIKrzsfw

McLeod, S. A. (2007). Study of Memory in Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/memory.html

Varney, N. (n.d.) School Talk with Nadjia Varney: The Brain and Learning. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QwlIKrzsfw

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