Make Learning Sticky

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11:30am - 12:20pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Grace Chang, Chief Scientific Officer, The Regis Company

With more to learn than ever, faster innovation cycles, and reduced training budgets, organizations everywhere are trying to get more from their learning programs. However the answer may not necessarily be to include more in a syllabus, or spend less time on topics. The best way to increase learning outcomes may come from a deeper understanding of how memories form, especially given recent neuroscience research. This session summarizes a wide range of recent big discoveries about embedding learning in a four-part model for how to make learning stick, involving what we call Attention, Generation, Emotion, and Spacing.


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Opening Keynote Session: Presented by David Rock, Co-Founder & Director, The Neuroleadership Group


Track 1: Designing Learning
Session 1: Make Learning Sticky – Presenter: Grace Chang, Ph.d. (UCLA)
Session 2: Create New Habits: The neuroscience of goal setting and behavior change – Presenter: Elliot Berkman, Ph.d. (University of Oregon)


Track 2: Facilitating Learning
Session 3: Peak Performance for Trainers: The neuroscience of managing your mental state – Presenter: Matt Lieberman. Ph.d. (UCLA)
Session 4: Create More 'Aha' Moments That Embed Deep Learning – Presenter: Josh Davis, Ph.d. (Columbia University)


Closing Message: Presented by Tony Bingham, President & CEO, ASTD


Grace Chang
Grace Chang

Chief Scientific Officer, The Regis Company

Grace Chang is currently a researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Teaching (CRESST) at UCLA. After graduating from Duke University with a B.S. in Psychology/ Neuroscience, she worked for an IT management consulting firm before receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA.

Grace's main focus of research during her undergraduate and graduate years was learning and memory; she conducted many studies investigating these processes in both animals and humans. In addition to studying learning and memory in normal individuals of all ages, Grace conducted several studies to examine these processes in Parkinsons’ Disease patients.

As a researcher at UCLA, Grace is currently conducting research aimed at improving student learning and examining methods for assessing different aspects of student learning. She is also conducting neuroeducation research using EEG.

Over the years, Grace has taught numerous cognitive neuroscience classes focused on the biological bases of behavior and research method lab courses focused on guiding students to conduct, analyze, and write up research projects.

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