Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Step closer to Instant Learning

Here’s a recent story on current research into instant learning similar to how Neo learned how to fly a plane in the Matrix.  So, if you are interested in learning how to play the piano downloaded into your brain keep an eye on this science.  Based on a techniques known as decoded neurofeedback, or DecNef, an individual can be trained to alter brain function, in order to match that of someone already possessing a certain skill.  The researchers hope to apply this technique to mental disorder patients that could be trained to match the brain activity patterns of a healthy person.  Just think about the ways THAT kind of technology could be misused.

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