Research is continually advancing our knowledge of how psychology and neuroscience can be applied to learning and, as a result, several neuroscience models are being applied to learning design and delivery. This factsheet examines the changes in thinking around the psychology of learning styles, which includes recent criticism of key models for being, amongst other things, too simplistic and not resulting in consistent learning gains.

The factsheet looks at the influence of cognitive styles and neuroscience on learning, making a distinction between cognitive styles and learning styles. It also explores emerging thinking from neuroscience and examines neuroscience models which apply neuroscience to learning, focusing on the RAD, SCARF and AGES models. The factsheet concludes by considering the emerging concept of neuroplasticity in learning.

CIPD viewpoint

How do psychology and neuroscience apply to learning?

Changes in thinking around the psychology of learning styles

The influence of cognitive styles and neuroscience

Models that apply neuroscience to learning

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Further reading

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