What a dyslexic boy can teach us about learning and our brains.

I was listening today to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is a neuroscientist and human development psychologist focused on improving learning.  She told of a research subject her team had that was dyslexic and struggled to read.  But this boy loved lawn mowers.  Lawnmower boy spent all his free time working with lawn machines and had a real talent for repairing them.  He loved them so much that he poured over lawn mower manuals hoping to learn better how to fix them.  In the process he taught his brain to overcome his dyslexia and create the patterns necessary to read better.  His parents and teachers were all amazed.

The lesson is that if we can tap into an individual’s motivation, into their inspiration, their brains can accomplish amazing things.

Too much of corporate learning is focused on methods that do not inspire people because they do not connect with what is important to the individual.  When you connect with the person’s internal emotions, to their inspiration, you tap into the power of the brain to create new patterns and find solutions to the most difficult problems.  Don’t forget to also take a look at my previous related post on experiential learning.