What Happens in the Brain When We Learn Something New?

  • Published10 Feb 2017
  • Reviewed10 Feb 2017
  • Author Alissa Ortman
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Heavy cognitive load, a slowdown in brain processing speed due to excessive use, happens when we learn new things or try to multitask. Janet Zadina, a neuroscientist at Tulane University, illustrated this effect during a workshop titled The Truth Behind “Brain-Based” Learning. Watch the video about cognitive load and then experience the effects of attempting to multitask firsthand in this Roundup.

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