March 10th, 2006


The Power of Plasticity: discussions on mentoring and learning

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Now, here's where I'm especially interested in your viewpoints: last week, in a reply to a comment by julisana, I wrote:
My point is: rejoice that you learned things as an undergrad, even painful things, especially painful things! Even if you hated them, you have a better chance of making them second nature and "powering through" to more interesting and profound concepts. Accept and exploit that advantage. There's a reason why Heralds of Valdemar are chosen as younglings, why Jedi are normally only taken as infants, why Klingon kids practice with batlethmey from the age of three. It represents the power of plasticity.

Now, I know there is some debate in the "cognition, learning, and memory" community about this. What do you all think?

In other news: Apropos of the above, I have started a Cognition, Learning, and Memory seminar with Greg Monaco in the Psych department. Anybody who's interested - please comment. It's currently a K-State Online group, similar to a lecture series or journal group, but we can see about including people from outside K-State if there is interest.