Barbara Oakley




Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE, is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and writer of national acclaim.

Dr. Oakley's research focuses on the complex relationship between neurocircuitry and social behavior. Oakley is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award, John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Teaching Award, Naim and Ferial Kheir Teaching Award, and she was designated as NSF New Century Scholar. She has also received the NSF Antarctic Service Medal following her work as a communications expert at the South Pole Station. Prior to her academic career, Oakley also rose from the ranks of Private to Captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar. Oakley is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the author of Coldblooded Kindness (Prometheus Press, 2011), Evil Genes (Prometheus Press, 2008), and Hair of the Dog (WSU Press, 1996). She was also lead editor of Pathological Altruism (Oxford University Press, 2012) and co-editor of Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Springer, 2008).

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May 29th 2017

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

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May 22nd 2017

Este curso te brinda acceso simple a las invaluables técnicas de aprendizaje utilizadas por expertos en arte, música, literatura, matemáticas, ciencia, deportes y muchas otras disciplinas. Aprenderemos cómo el cerebro utiliza dos modos de aprendizaje muy distintos y cómo encapsula (“fragmentas”) información. También hablaremos sobre ilusiones de aprendizaje, técnicas de memoria, cómo ocuparse de la procrastinación y las mejores prácticas, según lo demuestra la investigación, para ayudarte a dominar los temas más complicados.

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May 8th 2017

Mindshift is designed to help boost your career and life in today’s fast-paced learning environment. Whatever your age or stage, Mindshift teaches you essentials such as how to get the most out of online learning and MOOCs, how to seek out and work with mentors, the secrets to avoiding career ruts (and catastrophes) and general ruts in life, and insights such as the value of selective ignorance over general competence.

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