Common Learning Misconceptions

Common Misconceptions About Learning from Ben Butina


Ben Butina, an IO Psychologist and the founder of Department 12, posed the question, “Would you want your heart surgeon.. to have been trained with just PowerPoint slides?”  The answer is a hard no.

No matter the topic, the impact of proper learning cannot  be understated. Take a moment to consider why you do not want your heart surgeon to be a PowerPoint-trained heart ninja. You begin to tap into your knowledge of the heart. It is complex. PowerPoints do not hold the layers of depth needed for such a delicate procedure. The brain is the same way. It is delicate and requires more development, not just a slide show. 

Ben further explains “The human brain is like a bucket…” and expressed the importance of evaluating the truth of what is being claimed and developed over time. 

Basically, make it a habit to not only gather information (fill your bucket) but also evaluate what you are filling your bucket with. The quality of the information being learned is important. It should be tested and checked for accuracy and impact. This promotes critical thinking. “Hopefully we are moving more towards thinking more critically about that evidence, getting closer to a real evidence-based practice,” expresses Ben.

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