Learning is a complex process that involves the formation and consolidation of new neural connections in the brain. It requires attention, motivation, repetition, and feedback to achieve optimal results. However, learning can also be exhausting and frustrating, especially when the material is challenging or boring. How can we enhance our learning efficiency and enjoyment without spending more time or effort?
You can use **micro pauses** in learning. Micro pauses are short intervals of rest that are randomly inserted during a learning session. According to neuroscientist Andrew Huberman, micro pauses can boost learning by increasing the number of neural repetitions that occur during the pause.
Huberman explains that when we pause for approximately 10 seconds and do nothing, our brain replays the information we just learned at a faster rate during these gaps, similar to what happens during deep sleep. This strengthens the neural connections and enhances memory consolidation.
Huberman suggests that a good ratio of micro pauses is one pause per every two minutes of learning, but not at fixed intervals. He also recommends using random intermittent rewards to increase dopamine levels and motivation during learning. By using micro pauses and rewards, we can create a “neuroplasticity super protocol” that can improve our learning outcomes and enjoyment.
Check out these sources if you would like to learn more:
Teach & Learn Better With A “Neuroplasticity Super Protocol”: https://hubermanlab.com/teach-and-learn-better-with-a-neuroplasticity-super-protocol/.
The biology of learning: https://www.logitech.com/content/dam/logitech/en/video-collaboration/pdf/the-biology-of-learning.pdf