Cognitive Neurophysiology

Promoting neuroergonomics of learning

Authored by: Kiti Müller , Anu Holm

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562

10.4324/9780203357385.ch44

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Abstract

Neuroscientist Riitta Hari, a pioneer in neuromagnetic brain research (Hari and Lounasmaa, 1989), said in her inauguration lecture as the new Academician of Science of Finland that, at birth, we are all children of the world. The environment in which we live shapes our brain, how we speak, think, interact, behave. Life is all about learning. Even without always being consciously aware of it, we acquire habits, both good and bad, master new skills, gain theoretical and practical knowledge, adapt and adjust. Our brain is pre-wired for lifelong learning. Information processing of the brain underlies thinking, learning, planning, making everyday decisions. Behaviour is the outcome of our cognitive and mental processes. Through thinking we give meaning to what we have seen, heard and felt.

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