Julie is an expert in adult learning and in this episode we looked at the challenge of time management training which so often consists of tell, tell and more telling. Should an instructor just hand out detailed practices and sit back and wait while the magic happens, or is there a better approach to instruct learners. She's a fascinating guest who has a wealth of knowledge.
In fact, she was teaching with such gusto that I had to build a short glossary of terms she used:
Hyperbolic discounting - This is a concept from behavioral economics that describes the tendency to discount a reward more the longer it will be delayed.
Cognitive load - This it the idea that people have a limited cognitive capacity for information or mental activity at any given time, based on the limits of working (or short-term) memory. If you exceed that capacity, the person can't process or retain additional information.
Cognitive bias - there are many different types of cognitive biases which lead to faulty decisions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases) but many of them are due to shortcuts in how we understand and process information.
Implementation intentions - Implementation intentions are a way to create behaviors for yourself by mental associating a trigger with a response (If x happens, I will do y), and are based on the work of research Peter Gollwitzer.