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In today's technological society, with an unprecedented amount of information at our fingertips, learning plays a more central role than ever. In How We Learn, Stanislas Dehaene decodes its biological mechanisms, delving into the neuronal, synaptic and molecular processes taking place in the brain. 

He explains why youth is such a sensitive period, during which brain plasticity is maximal, but also assures us that our abilities continue into adulthood and that we can enhance our learning and memory at any age. We can all "learn to learn" by taking maximal advantage of the four pillars of the brain's learning algorithm: attention, active engagement, error feedback and consolidation.  

The human brain is an extraordinary machine. Its ability to process information and adapt to circumstances by reprogramming itself is unparalleled, and it remains the best source of inspiration for recent developments in artificial intelligence. The exciting advancements in AI of the last 20 years reveal just as much about our remarkable abilities as they do about the potential of machines. How We Learn finds the boundary of computer science, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology to explain how learning really works and how to make the best use of the brain's learning algorithms, in our schools and universities as well as in everyday life.

©2019 Stanislas Dehaene (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Good book

I don't agree with everything that is concluded from the research but this is a good book that gives an accurate review of current research in AI and human learning making it a good read. It is really a book of two halves one on the research and one of teaching pedagogy.

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hugely informative

An amazing book for conveying technical and scientific information in an easy to understand format and language. As a classroom teacher I took so much away from this and my understanding of the reasons why programmes of study or schemes of work are organised the way they are was complete. The audio version was fantastic. The voice was easy to listen to in tone and intonation. It allowed me to understand things I might not have if I had read the book for myself.