The mirror-neuron system and observational learning: Implications for the effectiveness of dynamic visualizations.

Tamara Van Gog*, Fred Paas, Nadine Marcus, Paul Ayres, John Sweller

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    Abstract

    Learning by observing and imitating others, has long been recognized as constituting a powerful learning strategy for humans. Recent findings from neuroscience research, more specifically, on the mirror-neuron system, begin to provide insight into the neural bases of learning by observation and imitation. These findings are discussed here, along with their potential consequences for the design of instruction, focusing in particular on the effectiveness of dynamic vs. static visualizations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-30
    Number of pages10
    JournalEducational Psychology Review
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

    Keywords

    • Mirror-neuron system
    • Learning by observing
    • Learning by imitation
    • Instructional design
    • Dynamic visualizations
    • Static visualizations
    • Cognitive load theory

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