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Thursday, August 12 • 9:00am - 9:40am
Desirable Difficulties: Using Hormesis to Learn More Effectively

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The internet and digital devices have broadened access to information. But have they improved our ability to learn and comprehend?  Paradoxically, the very ease of digital information technology can make it harder for us to retain information and learn new skills.

In previous talks I’ve discussed how hormesis -- the judicious application of beneficial stress -- can improve health. Can hormesis also be applied to enhance learning? There is evidence that making learning more challenging in specific ways can make it more effective. This talk will draw upon research in educational psychology and investigations of memory systems used by pre-modern cultures to demonstrate how you can better retain what you read, hear and watch. Hormesis can also help you master nonverbal skills in areas as diverse as music, design and athletics.

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Todd Becker

Todd Becker is the author of Getting Stronger, a popular blog that addresses a wide range of health topics through the lens of hormesis, the beneficial application of low dose stress. Todd spoke at AHS in 2013 on the downside of nutritional supplements, and in 2014 on natural myopia... Read More →

Thursday August 12, 2021 9:00am - 9:40am PDT

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