Heymans Symposium talk

Last week, I had a chance to present my work at the annual Heymans Symposium. The program was very diverse and I was one of eight speakers that were invited to give a TED-like talk. The event was also filmed and the videos will eventually be made available on YouTube. I am not sure when that will happen, though. (In the meanwhile, you can watch the videos from last year.) Here is a picture of myself presenting that my friend and colleague Edyta Sasin took:

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The title of my talk was “How personalized learning can improve grades” and I am currently explaining that most students use flashcards to study factual knowledge. Then I went on to explain that using our theoretical understanding of human memory, we can build systems that adapt to the individual characteristics of the learner and are much more effective than studying with flashcards.

It was an interesting experience to prepare and give the talk. It is quite different from the types of talks I normally give because the target audience was different (staff members from all psychology departments) and I only had 10 minutes (no questions afterwards) to make my points. I was also going for the more TED-like style of telling the audience why this research is awesome and what the benefits are rather than focusing on the technical details that I work on in my day-to-day work.

I will post the video and maybe more pictures that were taken during the event as soon as I get my hands on them.