Two Types of Brain Waves – Two Types of Memory
Neuroscience researchers at MIT have been able to distinguish between brain waves associated with explicit learning and implicit learning. Explicit learning encodes experiences in declarative memory (what we know and can tell someone else). Implicit memory corresponds with procedural memory and refers to the amazing ability of our brains to store well-practiced processes (think about tying your shoes or riding a bike) so that we can execute them without conscious thought. The fact that different types of brain waves are involved underscores the importance of teachers understanding the difference between the two types of memory and the different strategies that will be effective in the two types of learning. This is a core concept in BrainWare Learning’s online course From Synapses to Strategies.