What’s inside the human head can be arguably more complex than anything else in our universe. There are approximately 1.1 trillion cells and 100 billion neurons in the average human brain. To put it bluntly, that means that we can store close to almost a million gigabytes worth of memories and useful (and useless!) information. Our potential is endless, we can use our brain capacity to build rockets for space exploration like NASA, write theatrical masterpieces like Shakespeare and even create illusions like David Copperfield.
Information about the human brain, our cognitive processing and how we learn has historically been hard to obtain.
For centuries, we’ve been on a quest to better understand ourselves, and now thanks to advancements in science and technology from MRI to CAT scans and brain mapping techniques we are now closer than ever to understanding the workings behind the human brain.
Take brain mapping, this is essentially defined as the use of neuroscience techniques that attempt to relate the brain’s structure to its function to find out what gives us certain abilities. In addition to making pretty pictures, methods like these also illustrate behavioural differences, for example why certain people may be creative and others more logical in their thinking and approach.
Applications such as brain mapping not only improve our knowledge of human psychology but are key to a better understanding of learning.
How do people learn?
Which methods suits one type of individual and which another?
We can then apply this knowledge to target and shape learning and development programmes, in all aspects of our lives, both personally and professionally.
No two brain maps would ever completely look the same, so why should two learning programmes be identical?
Liam Butler is the Vice President of Sales, EMEA at SumTotal, a Skillsoft company.