fMRI of Learning Styles: Confirmation of Visual and Verbal Learners

Mar 30, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have my doubts about brain imaging (it just feels like 21st century phrenology) but I thought I'd pass along this confirmation of differing learning styles. I think that the idea that there are different learning styles feels right to most people, which raises the question, what to do about research saying that educational outcomes are not improved by adapting to differing learning styles. It seems to me that, if learning styles exist, and education cannot adapt to them, so much the worse for education. We ought to be able to take advantage of learning styles; our failure to do so is not evidence that they are not relevant.
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