What's different in a brilliant brain

brain researchHow we learn - Capacity increases by Input

When our computer's hard drive is full, it can logically no longer store any more information units. Our brain works completely differently, explains the learning researcher Manfred Spitzer in his lecture. The more input we get, the greater the capacity of our thinking organ to absorb.

A causality that only appears to be contradicting itself. But that is because there is no separation in our head between storage and processing as there is with a computer. The brain works more like a muscle. Those who train them will permanently improve their performance - in all areas. However, those who do not feed the brain at an early age will lag behind for life. The learning researcher Manfred Spitzer makes this clear, among other things, with the vocabulary of children.

"When they started school, the upper-class child heard 30 million words more than the lower-class child."
Manfred Spitzer, learning researcher

Such deficits could never be made good. Just as you can no longer learn to speak when you are already 13 years old. Manfred Spitzer therefore advocates investing primarily in daycare centers, because every euro is best invested there.

Invest in daycare centers

Three-year-olds learn faster and more effectively than ever before, says Manfred Spitzer. This is of enormous importance, especially in the digital age. For example, anyone who acquired a great deal of knowledge at a young age can later navigate the Internet much more safely.

"The more you know, the better at Googling what you know."
Manfred Spitzer, learning researcher

The other way around: If you have acquired little knowledge and then use a search engine, you will not get along with the results on the Internet. He could then not distinguish between true and false statements of fact. Only what we have already learned leads us safely through the path of the digital jungle.

Learning researcher Spitzer against digital offensive in schools

The learning researcher Manfred Spitzer argues for a non-digital transfer of knowledge in elementary schools and daycare centers and favors traditional education. He acknowledged the federal and state digital offensive with the words: "Have we all gone mad?"

Because of the not yet fully developed brain structures, the grades of the weaker students in particular would go down significantly as a result. He refers to several studies and experiences from other countries.

The presentation

The psychiatrist and learning researcher Manfred Spitzer was a guest speaker at the State Museum for Technology and Work in Mannheim, Technoseum for short, on October 9, 2019. His lecture was entitled: "Ingenious in the brain - how does it work?"

Manfred Spitzer is professor at the University of Ulm and at the same time medical director of the university clinic there. He underpins his thesis that the digitization of schools is making weaker children more and more stupid with lots of data and facts.

Other scientists disagree with Manfred Spitzer. Obviously, it is not yet possible to conclusively clarify how cell phones, tablets and computers influence the brain structures of young people.