Here comes Topic 7: Factors Affecting Learning

From a teacher’s point of view, it certainly feels like sleep, diet, exercise and use of video games impact on learning. But what evidence is there to explain how these factors affect learning? Read more in the topic summary and join us to evaluate the evidence and discuss what research says about how different factors impact on the learning of our young people.

  • Chat with the Teensleep Team about the impact insufficient sleep can have on learning, health and wellbeing.
  • Ask Louise about the effects of diet on cognition and health.
  • Speak to Catherine Gammon about the effects of physical activity, particularly among adolescent girls.
  • Explore the impact of external factors on how children learn and remember what words mean with Jessica.
  • Chat with Catherine Wheatley about the impact of school PE on academic attainment in secondary schools.
  • Ask Anne about links between children’s physical and cognitive development.
  • Quiz Victoria on how best to analyse the evidence for different factors that affect learning.

When are live chats?

Join the live chats about individual differences:

  • Thursday 19th April, 4-5pm
  • Tuesday 24th April, 8-9pm.

Get the dates in your planner now, we’ll remind you before each chat.

Ask Questions any time

Use ASK to post questions to specific scientists at any time over the next fortnight. Feel free to ask about whatever you like, whenever you like. There are over 50 scientists available to answer your questions, see the list here.

In the News

Sleep allows neural connection shrinking: crucial for learning – Daily Cardinal, University of Wisconsin, 5th April 2018

How is Skipping Breakfast Affecting Your Kids? – Medical News Bulletin, 4th March 2018

Fitness: The more kids exercise, the better they learn – Montreal Gazette, 18th March 2018

Your Brain on Video Games – TED talk, Prof. Daphne Bavelier, 19th March 2018

Get more from the Learning Zone

Researchers and other teachers will be interested in who is asking questions. Your profile page is how they find out. The more you put in, the more you’ll be able to get out of the Learning Zone. Edit your profile.

Your profile allows you to show your areas of interest so relevant researchers and other teachers can connect with you. You can include your Twitter handle if you wish to network this way. Your profile also includes a record of questions you’ve asked – great evidence for your professional development.

There are a few questions for our evaluation (these remain hidden from your profile) – your support filling these in helps improve the project.

Posted on April 16, 2018 by modkatie in News.

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