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Getting It Straight: Posture and its Influence on Learning and Memory

Getting It Straight: Posture and its Influence on Learning and Memory
Can your lack of posture be the reason you are not learning and remembering efficiently? This question has been a point of debate for a while and we still have not come up with a clear answer. If it were up to teachers, the answer would probably be yes, pointing to slouching as a clear sign of student disinterest. And they might not be very wrong. Learning style researcher Dunn and Dunn has suggested that being “uncomfortable” engages the left side of the brain which is active in when we take in new information. On the other hand, a relaxed posture seems to engage the right side of the brain, the creative side. The suggestion seems to be that when you remember something you are also reminded of the “state” of learning, a concept that not only includes posture but also emotions and surrounding environment. The question then seems to be that, if posture is actually affecting the way we learn, is it really such a detrimental factor?

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