Learning Strategies Blog

Learn Faster with Sleep

by Pete Bissonette

Want to rev up your brain’s processing speeds?

Give it a reboot between study sessions.

Alternating sleep with studying may increase the speed and efficiency in which we learn, suggests a study from the Association for Psychological Science.

A research team led by psychological scientist Stephanie Mazza presented 16 French-Swahili word pairings to 40 French adults assigned to either a “sleep” group or a “wake” group. During two rounds of testing, participants typed French translations to the Swahili words. Incorrect translations were presented in subsequent trials until all pairings were correctly translated.

The sleep group completed their first test in the evening, slept, and tested a second time in the morning, 12 hours later. The wake group first tested in the morning, went about their day, and retested 12 hours later in the evening.

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Does Your Life Feel Flat?

by Pete Bissonette

Does your life feel flat?

Does something not seem right? Do you feel off? Empty?

That’s when you want to listen to the Fresh Start Paraliminal, preferably just before bed so you can get a good night’s sleep or first thing in the morning to fend off that feeling.

Listening dissipates flat feelings as it helps you find immediate feelings of joy and acceptance.

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Creativity on Demand

by Pete Bissonette

How can some people be instantly creative while others have to wait for the muse to strike?

How can some people have streams of original ideas while others draw blanks?

Using his immense expertise in neuro-linguistic programming and how the brain works, Dr. Paul Scheele, who himself is brilliantly creative, figured it out. He put this powerful inner-mind strategy in the Creativity Supercharger Paraliminal for you.

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Amplify the Power of Your Thoughts

by Paul Scheele

Your thoughts have a lot more substance than you might think.

Researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well. But those who tucked the paper into their pocket were more likely to use them when later making judgments.

The findings suggest that people can treat their thoughts as material, concrete objects, said Richard Petty of Ohio State University, co-author of the study recently published in Psychological Science.

“At some level, it can sound silly. But we found that it really works,” Petty said. “However you tag your thoughts—as trash or as worthy of protection—seems to make a difference in how you use those thoughts.”

In one experiment high school students wrote about what they liked or disliked about their bodies. Half of the participants were told to contemplate their thoughts and then check them for grammar or spelling mistakes. The other half were told to contemplate their thoughts and then throw the paper away in a trash can.

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See Yourself as a Doer

by Pete Bissonette

Want to eat healthier?

Imagine you already do, suggest researchers Amanda Brouwer and Katie Mosack in a study published in the journal Self & Identity.

Envisioning the concept of “self as doer”—labeling yourself as a vegetable eater, water drinker, or sugar evader, for example—can merge the healthy behaviors you want to adopt into your identity.

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