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Learning with your body

This guest column by Frank Kresin was originally published at SURF Space. For the complete text, please turn to the Dutch version of this page.

Who has determined that learning is an activity of the mind? That sitting, listening, reading and contemplation are the conditions to acquire knowledge? Wrong! Learning is done through the whole body. How you sit, stand and move — and where — all have a substantial influence on what you are learning. If more parts of the brain are involved in the learning process and new experiences, the bigger are the chances that you will actually remember what you have learned. This calls for new learning circumstances, new classrooms, maybe even a whole new didactic.

All cognitive processes are based on neural processes of perception, action, and emotion. ” — Art Glenberg (University of Wisconsin, VS).