Learning cycle helps us understand achieving

Dear reader,

Learning, as described by Kolb looks like this:

Learning in the brainKolb describes that learning happens in 4 phases:

  1. Concrete sensory experience
  2. Reflective observation
  3. Abstract hypothesis
  4. Active experimentation

Brain parts corresponding to these phases are identified in this picture:

  1. Superior paretal, Superior temporal and occipital areas for concrete sensory experience
  2. Inferior paretal area for reflective observation
  3. Pre-Frontal lobe (CEO in the picture) for abstract hypothesis
  4. Motor cortex for active experimentation

If you are an achiever like myself, you might ask what’s the value of this cycle and the responsible parts of the brain. Let’s examine, what are the steps of action toward a specific goal…

  1. Evaluate current situation. Make it concrete. Make it real and raw reality. This is your starting point. (you use concrete sensory data and reflective observation)
  2. Decide where you want to go. (Abstract hypothesis)
  3. Create a plan, describe steps, resources, etc. (abstract hypothesis continuing)
  4. Take action to achieve the goal. (Active experimentation)
  5. If feedback from concrete sensory experience and reflective observation (i.e. monitoring of success) requires, adjust the plan and sometimes goal (abstract hypothesis)

If you take a look at the above, the steps for success and achievement map to the learning cycle. Read it until you see the similarity.

Knowing this is a confirmation on how this basic formula for success is correct from brain physiology point of view and it helps to stay determined. (see my first post)

To your success!


Ps. Thank you again to my professor Fred Travis for the illustration.

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