Emerging Neuroscience Discoveries and Vital Learning’s “Behavior Modeling”

The recently emerging field of neuroscience in education (or “neuroeducation”) is beginning to uncover fascinating insights into how to optimize workplace training and development. Until about ten years ago, scientists did not have the necessary technology to truly understand the complex brain interactions that occur when we learn new information. Today, our understanding of the brain and the learning process has grown significantly – and many of these findings have application in workplace training and development.


Some of the most interesting discoveries backed by neuroscience related to workplace training and development include:

  • Learners tend to remember the first and last parts of the training best
  • Information is best reinforced through recollection, rather than lecture (i.e. instead of retelling the learner about a piece of information, ask the learner to recall it on his/her own)
  • Having learners elaborate, write, share, or visualize recently learned information helps that information stay in the memory
  • Actively engaging in new skills (such as role play, discussion, or on-the-job application) makes it more likely the learner will continue to apply those skills later on

These neuroscience breakthroughs reinforce the effectiveness of Vital Learning’s signature “Behavior Modeling” technique. The basic concept behind behavior modeling is that a trainee watches a model perform a certain skill and then attempts to repeat this behavior on his/her own. This technique helps learners recall learned information, visualize performance, and engage in active application of new skills. Find out how Vital Learning utilizes the benefits of “Behavior Modeling” in our classroom learning Delivery Method.


For more detailed information on neuroeducation and training, please see: http://www.astd.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2013/04/Inside-the-Learning-Brain


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