2010-09-10

Learning Styles

I wasn't going to blog this, but it's interesting enough.

http://psi.sagepub.com/content/9/3/105.abstract

I love reasearch like this because it demonstrates how completely unscientific it is to place people into boxes and say "You're good at this, I'm good at that." Psychologists reviewed the scientific evidence and concluded that there basically is no such thing as "right-brained versus left-brained," "visual thinker versus auditory thinker," and so forth.

What this means is that you can learn in whatever way is available to you. You can think in a variety of different ways. You can do anything you want to, all you have to do is try.

Stuff like this is important to me because for years I told myself I was bad at math and logic problems; then I forced myself to take math classes and try really hard, and it turns out that I'm actually good at it. For years people told me that I'm a nice guy who needs a more technical background, and then one day I became the local "technical expert."

Eventually I concluded that I behave all kinds of different ways, I'm better with practice than without, the more I do something, the better I understand it, etc. It's not about any natural predisposition to one type of thinking or another, it just comes down to what I actually try to do.

And if it's true for me, then it's true for everyone! :)