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THE BRAIN, INFORMATION PROCESS THEORY, AND PROBLEM SOLVING

There are many resources discussing the matter of the brain, information process theory, and problem solving in relation to learning. The two articles below provide information in regards to the model of the information process theory and what can affect information processing within the brain.

The article, Information Processing Theory, through education.com, is written by Gregory Schraw and Matthew McCrudden who provide an insight to the three memory components (sensory, working, and long-term) of the information processing model (IPM) and its implications.  They cover key terms, components, and the relationships between the three-part IPM to explain how the model works and its connection to cognitive learning.

IPM 

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Illustrations by GGS Information Services. Cengage Learning, Gale.

The article, How the Brain Works – And How Students Can Respond, at teachthought.com by Dr. Judy Willis describes the process of information once it enters the brain and how emotions and interest affect how the information will be stored (thinking brain or reactive brain). She also discusses the three elements of the brain and how to cope with emotion in order to make the best use of your brain in processing information:

  • ·         Reticular Activating System (RAS) – controlled by the brain stem and serves as gatekeeper
  • ·         Limbic System – located in the brain lobes connected to emotions and memories
  • ·         Dopamine – neurotransmitter
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