13 Resources from Make Your Learning Stick (A Beginner’s Guide to Neuroplasticity for Learning and Development)



On Tuesday, we hosted a webinar featuring learning expert Stella Collins on what you need to know about neuroplasticity to make your learning more sticky.

As author of Neuroscience for Learning and Development, Stella shared major studies that led to breakthroughs in neuroplasticity. And since this was a webinar for trainers, the audience chimed in, too, with some of their favorite books and studies.

So here is the comprehensive list of resources mentioned in Make Your Learning Stick (A Beginner’s Guide to Neuroplasticity for Learning and Development)

  1. Suzana Herculano-Houzel – The neuroscientist who decided to count how many neurons are in the average human brain.
  2. Hebb’s Law –  The theory that “brains that fire together wire together”
  3. Paul, George, and Pedro Bach y Rita – A pair of brothers who pioneered the study of neuroplasticity after their father suffered a stroke
  4. Neuroplasticity Video – Explanation video from Sentis
  5. Michael Merzenich – Neuroscientist whose research shows we make neural connections when we pay attention
  6. Mind Sculpture by Ian Roberston – Recommended book on neuroplasticity
  7. Productive Failure – A body of research on how encouraging failure at the beginning can encourage long-ter learning.
  8. The Brain that Changes – Recommended book on neuroplasticity
  9. Social Intelligence – Recommended book on social neuron connections
  10. My Stroke of Insight – A neuroscientist’s memoir of recovering from a stroke
  11. Make It Stick – Recommended book for ideas on designing repetition exercises
  12. Paul Zak – A neuroscientist with controversial research on the impact of oxytocin on memory
  13. Free chapter from Neuroscience for Learning and Development by Stella Collins


Did we miss any of your favorite neuroplasticity resources? Leave them in the comments below.


Watch the full recording of Make Your Learning Stick (A Beginner’s Guide to Neuroplasticity for Learning and Development).

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