Title

Merging cognitive psychology and integrative biology: what does this offer modern education?

Document Type

Conference publication

Publication details

Woolcott, G 2013, 'Merging cognitive psychology and integrative biology: what does this offer modern education?', The Clute Institute International Academic Conference: Conference Proceedings, Paris, France, 9-11 June, Clute institute, Littleton, CO., pp. 276-285.

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Abstract

The understanding of learning and memory that has developed from studies in modern cognitive psychology, including those studies that have incorporated models of human connectivity and environmental interaction, has influenced educational theories and practices. Some educational researchers have suggested that the understanding of learning and memory that has developed in recent years from studies in integrative biology, with its focus on empirical science, has had much less
influence. Insights on learning and memory obtained from combined studies in cognitive psychology and integrative biology, however, have indicated that environmental interaction and information processing are key components of the understanding of learning and memory. This paper outlines some of the educational theories that have been developed from studies in modern cognitive psychology and
integrative biology, with a focus on educational theories that have incorporated concepts related to environmental connectivity and information processing, for example, through the conceptualisation of a long-term memory that is limited by attention and working memory processes. As part of this focus, there is an outline of how studies of commonalities in patterns of environmental connectivity have been
related to modern education.