THE ART OF KEEPING IT SIMPLE

BRIAN BUTLER


1985 CONFERENCE PAPER


WE LIVE IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE· PEOPLE ARE IN OVERLOAD WITH TOO MUCH INFORMATION· WHEN CONFRONTED WITH NEW CONCEPTS” THE BRAIN CAN SHUT DOWN IF THE INFORMATION IS TOO DIFFICULT TO RELATE TO· WE NEED TO CONNECT NEW INFORMATION WITH WHAT WE HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF ALREADY·
IN TOUCH FOR HEALTH” WE HAVE INFORMATION WHICH IS MIND-BOGGLING· WE KNOW WE DO· WE TELL PEOPLE IT IS AMAZING STUFF. WE OBSERVE FOLK IN OUR CLASSES GETTING REALLY EXCITED” AND THEN GOING INTO OVERWHELM· IN A STATE OF OVERWHELM” LEARNING STOPS· THE BRAIN CIRCUITS “BLOW A FUSE” WHICH PREVENTS FURTHER OVERLOAD.
A WAY TO AVOID THIS IS TO LINK THE NEW INFORMATION WE ARE TEACHING INTO CONCEPTS ALREADY UNDERSTOOD· FOR INSTANCE” WHEN EXPLAINING MUSCLE TESTING WE CAN SAY THAT DOCTORS USE MUSCLE TESTS· THEY SHINE A LIGHT INTO THE EYE TO WATCH THE CONTRACTION OF THE IRIS, AND MAKE ASSESSMENTS OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM OR USE A RUBBER HAMMER JUST BELOW THE PATELLA FOR THE KNEE JERK TEST.


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