Nov 172012 The Wall Street Journal offers an article on three neuromyths about how we learn. It’s not what we know that hurts us, Will Rogers is reported to have said, but what we know that isn’t so. Permalink 11/17/2012 Posted by Mary at 10:30 am General 2 Responses to “” Greg A says: 11/20/2012 at 11:15 am This WSJ article is truly an infuriating example of science reporting. Here is a myth they debunk by proving it, “Environments rich in stimuli improve the brains of preschool children.” They say that removing stimuli causes mental deficits. They say that adding more stimuli to a stimuli-rich environment does not improve things. WHICH JUST PROVES THE POINT. Children benefit from an environment rich in stimulus. That is not a myth! The myth is that playing Bach or hiring tutors or buying toys produces a richer set of stimuli. And then the next, “Individuals learn better when they receive information in their preferred learning style, whether auditory, visual or kinesthetic.” They go on to explain that our understanding of the word “preference” is naive. Way to go, but you have to really stretch to find a definition for “preferred learning style” that doesn’t turn this “myth” into a tautology. They’re just trying to say “you, reader, are stupid,” and only sharing useful information as an afterthought. My least favorite trend in science reporting. Sarah A says: 11/26/2012 at 10:11 am Oh Greg, you just don’t want me to buy the baby any toys. :D Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.