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The Learning Code

Learning Code
Overview  Learning Code Overview

What is Learning?  Video: What is Learning?

What is Intelligence?  Video: What is Intelligence?

What is the Learning Code?

What is Species Learning?

The Drawbacks of Species Learning: Why Organisms Need Faster Ways to Learn

Reasons for Learning Failure in the 21st Century

Six and a Half Billion Intelligences  - Not One

The 11 Biological Intelligences

We Learn Through Selection Not Instruction

The Environment Is Everything to Increasing Your Adaptability / Intelligence Factor

Windows of Super Learning Opportunity

The Grave Risks of Too Much Information Too Soon

Danger! When the Media Becomes the Environment

Meaning - the Holy Grail of Learning

"No Meaning, No Learning": The Meaning Network

No Learning Without Emotion

No Learning Without Feedback From the Body

Working Memory - Where Emotionally and Somatically Tagged Information Gets Prioritized

Addicted to Meaning

The Motivational Problem

Breeding Out Personal Meaning by Extrinsic Motivation

Why There Is No Personal Meaning in Education

The Power of Concepts Over Details

Associative Learning - The Power of Simultaneous Neural Firing

Why Humans Are Such Copycats

Why Experience Beats Linguistic Learning Every Time

Memory Is Not an Event: The Four Stages of Learning

The Incubation Stage of Learning

Sleep - The Most Powerful Incubation Phase of Learning

The Grinches Who Stole Experience From Our Learning Institutions

Stress - the Death of Learning

The Cycle of Transformation

Were You Born With a Fixed Intelligence?

The concept that our intelligence is fixed at birth is one of the hardest myths to abolish. This myth can also be traced back to Galton and the eugenics movement. Eugenics comes from the Greek EU + GENOS, which means "well born" or "good birth." Galton believed (see bonus article, "A Brief and Ugly History of Intelligence Testing") that intelligence was something you inherited, like brown eyes. He felt so strongly that intelligence was bred that he even experimented with massive blood transfusions to see if they would alter a person's intelligence traits. The idea that your level of intelligence is based on the level of your parents' intelligence dominates today's "IQ way of thinking."

During the first 30 years of the 20th century, researcher Sir Cyril Burt conducted highly respected and widely accepted research that bolstered the eugenics concept that intelligence was inherited and fixed. Burt claimed to have performed painstaking studies that conclusively proved that the lion's share of an individual's intelligence was inherited from his parents. But in an analysis of Burt's work conducted in the mid 1970s, by Leon Kamin, fantastic irregularities were uncovered. Kamin found that Burt not only falsified his data but that he had made wild claims that even his own falsified research could not substantiate. It was even discovered that the associates who Burt said had collected his data did not exist. Unfortunately, Burt's work, though wrong and falsified, continues to dominate the general "IQ way of thinking" in the world. Brain-based educators Gordan Dryden and Jeannette Vos comment, "It is impossible to say how many millions of people have had their lives ruined by this appalling myth." Former editor of Psychology Today, Daniel Goleman, notes that "At best IQ contributes to about 20% of the factors that determine life successes, which leaves 80% to other forces" (see "What Is Intelligence?").

Cracking the Learning Code Book

The Code

For Parents  Video: For Parents
It's not your child that is failing - it's the school system that is failing your child. Learn why and what to do about it.
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For Adult Learners  Video: For Adult Learners
You can dramatically accelerate your speed of learning when you understand the true science of learning.
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For Corporate/Government Organizations  Video: For Corporate / Government Organizations
Conventional training methods waste money and inhibit growth. Now there is a science-based solution.
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For Social/Political Organizations  Video: For Social / Political Organizations
To create change in the community, you must first create change in the brain. Discover the science of transformation.
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About the Author
About JW Wilson, executive director of The Advanced Learning Institute and author of Cracking the Learning Code.

Support for Trainers
Code 24 Audit

The Neurogenetics of Marketing

Bonus Articles
A Brief and Ugly History of Intelligence Testing

Were You Born With a Fixed Intelligence?

The Problem With Academic Performance

False IQ Scores and Chronological Age

Working Memory Fools Education System

Tests Collapse the Field of All Possibilities

Why We Need to Learn a Foreign Language Young!

What to Do About Your Child's Media Usage




Learning Disabilities


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