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Is there a limit or capacity to learning?Why or why not, what is the limit?

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vladik1 | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted July 19, 2012 at 9:05 PM via web

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Is there a limit or capacity to learning?

Why or why not, what is the limit?

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Benjamin Bloom, the American educational psychologist suggested that learning has three domains including cognitive, psychomotor and affective. Cognitive includes problem solving, pyschomotor is when you learn to dance and affective has to do with emotions--liking something, fearing something, etc. When we learn we acquire new knowledge. Learning follows a learning curve which means initially, we retain the most information and later on, this evens out. Over many trials, less new information is retained after many times. Humans learn through schooling, playing, training, personal reasons and others. Learning has been proven to start in utero when the fetus responds to stimuli. When active learning occurs, in children and adults, where the person takes an interest and controls their learning experience, this type of learning is more meaningful and more productive. In education, active learning is being employed to a great extent in the classroom. Science has shown that older brains continue to develop through middle age. In middle age, the brain is better at recognizing the big picture of different ideas. But beyond that, when people can't recall something to mind easily, it is due to the fact that neural connections weaken with age and disuse. Some think that in older adults, presenting more challenging ideas and various viewpoints will help to give the brain a "tune up". Learning something out of an older adults' comfort zone will help adult brains remain sharp. Therefore, we all have a capacity to learn throughout our lives.

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