The Neuroscience of learning new things

In schools in our area they have a great approach to learning bases on the growth mindset.

Have you ever noticed how uncomfortable you feel when things are unfamiliar? This is because your brain releases a drug called dopamine whenever you do something familiar.

Not something good.

Not something bad.

Just something your brain recognises.

This means that whenever you do something new, like learning something new, the first thing that happens is you lose the drugs the make you feel comfortable.

You go cold turkey.

Cold turkey is uncomfortable.

This is what leads to the negative mindset when you first have to do something new.

The more you make the new thing familiar, the quicker you get the dopamine back, the sooner you feel comfortable again and can begin to climb out of the pit.

This is the neuroscience behind the learning pit.

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