Recommended Reading (& Watching)

You know, I think what it really boils down to is this: if you really want to create learner-centered presentations, then you need to understand how people learn and how the human brain works. Lately, it seems like this topic is everywhere in books and on video.

Here are a few suggestions for some end-of-summer learning on the human brain:

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School by John Medina.  This is a fabulous book-I describe it as “Neuroscience for dummies.”  While many of the chapters are relevant to presentations, the chapter on vision is a must-read.  The book comes with a DVD of some short videos explaining some of the concepts discussed in the text.  You can also watch them at the book’s website:

Human Body: Pushing the Limits (Discovery Channel Video Series)  All of these videos are great, but the relevant ones are “Sight” and “Brainpower.” 

These two resources will give you some additional information on how the brain works – useful for designing presentations that are in harmony with the way we learn and with the way our brains process information.




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