Over the years, we have told ourselves over and over again that we just can’t learn new things. We’re too old to learn new skills; our brain is tired and getting old. It can properly absorb new knowledge; not the way it used to.
Well, UCR psychology professor Rachel Wu says that is all baloney. Our aging brains in hardly a problem, if anything the opposite is true. The problem is that we learn new things the ‘adult way.’ If we were to take a childlike approach to learning new things, we would go further in getting the knowledge.
Prof. Wu puts this argument in a recently published scientific paper in the Human Development. She did a five-year-long research and established the fact that there is no such a thing as a ‘prime learning years.’ What matters is the method we use to learn new things.
How did we learn when we were kids?
Prof. Wu says children take a “broad learning” approach. To them, everything is unfamiliar and new, and they’re eager to discover their new world, without the emotional baggage of failure of failing. At a …read more