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Conference Pivoting: Memory, Remembering, Cues And Mnemonics

Viewing a conference presenter does not give it much sticking power in the memory to paraphrase cognitive psychologist Dr. Daniel Willingham.

Science List

A comprehensive list fo science articles researched and sorted by Dominika Fudala.
All essential elements in a growing body of knowledge for the Meeting architects of the future.
The MDI dream is to create a book project, translating the articles to practical knowledge for meeting design.

Going-the-Distance Learning

The more insights that brain-science and cognition research uncover about how we apply what we learn, the less it seems that the traditional conference education program is up to the task. Sure, your attendees can choose from numerous education sessions along multiple tracks over several days of a jam-packed agenda.

Learning: Actively Recalling Information from Memory Beats Elaborate Study Methods

ScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2011) — Put down those science books and work at recalling information from memory. That's the shorthand take away message of new research from Purdue University that says practicing memory retrieval boosts science learning far better than elaborate study methods. "Our view is that learning is not about studying or getting knowledge 'in memory,'" said Purdue psychology professor Jeffrey Karpicke, the lead investigator for the study that appears January 20 in the journal Science. "Learning is about retrieving.

PREZI , a revolution in presentation software

Prezi is presentation software that starts with one big canvas. It works not linear, like a series of slides, but follows a logic of the big picture and zooming in towards details. A very different but natural approach that breaks with rather boring series of slides and keeps your participants attention by regularly zooming out to the big picture...

Making the Invisible Visible: Verbal Cues Enhance Visual Detection

Cognitive psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California have shown that an image displayed too quickly to be seen by an observer can be detected if the participant first hears the name of the object.


The best results of suggestopedia are not due to any technique (guided relaxation, guided fantasies, breathing exercises, etc.) as a number of authors fabricated but to a holistic knowledge of the psychophysiological mechanisms of personal reserve. On the basis of extremely productive research studies, we arrived till present to the following conclusions for the absolutely required knowledge that should be assimilated by the teachers in the course of their methodical training:

Meeting architecture - a new force in meetings studies

As a tourism academic with a social science background, I have had an interest in meetings and conferences for some time now, but I have always felt I was pressured into rather economic, market research-type studies. I always felt my social science interests could give the research area an exciting added dimension, but I was not sure how to go about it.

I guess Maarten Vanneste was way ahead of me, and when I read his book, the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. Meeting content has to be a key research area co-existing with the more organisational and market research studies in the future if the field is ever to be taken seriously. The wealth of research areas and topics this offers is impressive, and to me, as a researcher, very exciting.

Time To Face This Ironic Truth: We Do Not Learn From Experience

There, I said it.

People do not learn from experience. You may think you learn from experience but…

People only learn from reflecting on their experience. That’s the point author, facilitator and educator Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan drives home in his writings and workshops.

Pain in the brain of the meeting planner?

The pain was almost palpable at IMEX in Frankfurt. I talked to a few people clearly worried or expressing concern about the challenges to innovate and to move forward in the meeting industry. Some individual planners as well as some leaders from big organisations literally expressed their frustration with this challenge. They felt it was difficult and clients or staff didn't seem able to make the necessary innovation happen despite a few years of trying. But they couldn't put their finger on what is causing it...

Creating Engaging Meetings Using Visual Language by Midcourse Corrections

We know people get a lot more accomplished when they can collaborate and work together.

Yet most conferences make attendees sit passively in sessions. Or they are forced to connect in a speed networking session. Rarely do we tap into the brain wealth of attendees and allow them to collaborate.

Likewise, often conference attendees retreat into intolerant positions of non-listening. In today’s world of complex challenges, we long for over simplistic explanations that will solve our problems.

Six Conference Space Properties To Transform Attendee Behavior

As a meeting professional, you have the power to identify and manipulate the properties of a space to foster specific behaviors and attitudes.

These spatial characteristics can be fine tuned to create a unique attendee experience. And it all rests within the power of your planning.

Six Properties That You Can Adjust

From Boring To Beneficial Conference Education

Let’s face it. Most conference education is yawn-stirring, sleepy-eyed, ho-hum, day-old soggy Melba-toast tasting boring.

It makes root-canals seem fun!

Regardless, the human brain loves to learn.

In spite of our age, culture, gender and race, our brains are designed to always be on the prowl for new things to discover and experience. The brain is genetically programmed to learn. It’s in our DNA.
Our brains love to learn!

Most Organizations Are Victims To Pedagogy – Instructor-Centered Education

Most organizations use an outdated model to provide education to its customers and team.
They are victims to instructor-centered or expert-centered education.

They follow a pedagogic model of education. Unfortunately, this greatly hinders active inquiry which is the basis for learning.

Pedagogy: Instructor-Focused Education

Pedagogy literally means the art and science of educating children. It is often used as a synonym for teaching.

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