Building in Emotion + Memory = Stronger Knowledge Transfer
I was recently at the eLearning DevConference in Salt Lake and was impressed with the keynote speaker Dr. Art Kohn, a neuroscientist who spoke on how emotions and memory are strongly tied together. He made some great points and conducted some fun exercises to prove his point why trainers should be building content that gets the learners emotionally connected to the training. This was exactly what I told the audience in my presentation earlier in the day. I demonstrated our role-play simulation application, Mobi-RolePlay that allows you to practice having a conversation. Clients who use this love the fact that employees feel emotionally involved during the simulation because it feels like they are in a live conversation which raises their engagement level.
Here’s a great TED video of Daniel Kahneman a Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics describing how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This again is a great supporting evidence about how strong memory, emotions area tied to learning.
Here is a link to some additional studies conducted on this concept of using stories or emotions tied to memory.