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30,000 Quantified learner hours

In 2011, we began conducting → ➝ →

Do individuals learn at different rates? This depends on two things: the individual's history [past experiences] and the learning conditions.

Rate of learning

Whenever scientists have set up controlled experiments whose aim was to measure differences in rates of learning, 

Factors that we know cause variation in "rate" of learning.

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Quantifying human potential

Potential ≠ Ability

Do individuals learn at different rates? This depends on two things: the individual's history [past experiences] and the learning conditions.

RATE OF LEARNING

Whenever scientists have set up controlled experiments whose aim was to measure differences in rates of learning, 

Factors that we know cause variation in "rate" of learning.

 
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Science versus Engineering

Do individuals learn at different rates? This depends on two things: the individual's history [past experiences] and the learning conditions.

Rate of learning

Whenever scientists have set up controlled experiments whose aim was to measure differences in rates of learning, 

Factors that we know cause variation in "rate" of learning.

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Experiment in a classroom in Lao PDR, August 2016

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A CHILD SITS IN A CLASSROOM. HER TEACHER BELIEVES SHE IS LESS CAPABLE THAN OTHER STUDENTS. HOW WILL THIS CHANGE HER LIFE?

 
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When a child sits in a classroom, unconsciously taking on the beliefs of their teacher that they are incapable and therefore destined to an unskilled life, this is an injustice.

When a child sits in a classroom, unconsciously taking on the beliefs of their teacher that they are incapable and therefore destined to an unskilled life, this is an injustice.

What would education look like if it were invented today, from first principles, using the latest discoveries in cognitive science and behavioral economics?

 
 
 
 
 

Cascading Coaching Experiment
We gave 12-year-old students a simple list of three instructions. They helped their peers stay focused and apply more effort than in a control task.

 
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Injustice in the classroom

When a child sits in a classroom, unconsciously taking on the beliefs of their teacher that they are incapable and therefore destined to an unskilled life, this is an injustice.

Injustice in the classroom
When a child sits in a classroom, unconsciously taking on the beliefs of their teacher that they are incapable and therefore destined to an unskilled life, this is an injustice.

Injustice in the classroom
When a child sits in a classroom, unconsciously taking on the beliefs of their teacher that they are incapable and therefore destined to an unskilled life, this is an injustice.

 

Injustice in the classroom

When a child sits in a classroom, unconsciously taking on the beliefs of their teacher that they are incapable and therefore destined to an unskilled life, this is an injustice.

 
 
 
 

Founders

 
 
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Shaun Martin

Shaun Martin co-founded Applied Cognitive Science to develop data-driven models of decision-making based on new discoveries in cognitive science, and apply them to real-world problems. Shaun has a doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University, and previously held lecturing and research positions at MIT and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

 

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KK Ong

KK Ong co-founded Applied Cognitive Science to develop data-driven models of decision-making based on new discoveries in cognitive science, and apply them to real-world problems. KK studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University, and Design and Advertising at School of Visual Arts, New York. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Experiment in a classroom in Lao PDR, October 2016.

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To date, we've collected more than 30,000 hours of data on learner behavior and skill outcomes.

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Analyzing this data has led to surprising new discoveries.

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