The HippoCampus Podcast

Lisa Quinn

Grass-root conversations sharing strategies, tips and insights to help optimise learning at Medical School, University and beyond with as many ears as possible!

Misjudgements & Myths in Learning: with special guest Dr Paul Penn
07-05-2021
Misjudgements & Myths in Learning: with special guest Dr Paul Penn
In this episode we are joined by Dr Paul Penn, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East London and author of the excellent book 'The Psychology of Effective Studying'. With Dr Penn, we explore a whole host of questions around learning including: -Why we often make misjudgements of our learning and  how that shapes development of suboptimal learning techniques.  - What is 'metacognition'? And why is it the most important skill for developing as an effective learner- What are 'desirable difficulties' and how can we bring them into our study routines- And why the myth of learning styles, despite evidence contrary to their existence,  remains so pervasive and potentially harmful for our learning... So pull up a chair and join this fascinating conversation, which is packed full of practical insights and tips which we are sure you'll find helpful!Recommendations from the episode:'The Psychology of Effective Studying' Dr Paul Penn's bookPsychology of Effective Studying-Dr Paul Penn's YouTube channelThe Dunning-Kruger effectDesirable Difficulties-Dr Robert & Elizabeth BjorkReview of Evidence and Effectiveness of different learning techniques- excellent paper by Dunlosky et alEasy-read article on myth of learning stylesIf you enjoy the podcast please leave us a review on iTunes and you canfollow us on instagram @thehippocampuspodcast and Twitter @hippocampus_podYou can also email us at thehippocampuspodcast@gmail.com! We are always open to hearing suggestions for future episodes and future guests!
The Importance of Sleep: Memories and Slinkys
23-12-2020
The Importance of Sleep: Memories and Slinkys
In this episode we are joined again by the lovely Dr Jared Cooney-Horvath, an educational neuroscientist working at the University of Melbourne. Jared's work involves researching the brain, its role in learning and translating what we can find in the research to practical applications for our learning!This time we focus on sleep and what happens when the lights go off! We delve into the important role sleep plays in consolidating memories and strengthening our learning; the damage we can do by pulling 'all nighters'. We also  explore the science behind the morning lark/night owl, whether we all need those golden "8 hours of  sleep" and what exactly is happening when we dream!?Recommendations from the episode:Fringeology (book)Book recommended by Jared, looking at the 'fringes' of science , including a chapter on lucid dreaming and what it taught us about ourselves and our understanding of the brain.How Much Sleep Do Teenagers Need (short You Tube video)From Jared' You Tube channel, 'From Theory to Practice', discussing a research paper  that examines the fundamental linkage between sleep, learning and memory formation! Why We Sleep (book)A fantastic read looking at what we know and understand about the importance of sleep in every aspect of our life!If you enjoy the podcast please do leave us a review on iTunes and if you'd like to contact us you can find us on Instagram (give us a follow!) @thehippocampuspodcast and Twitter @hippocampus_podYou can also email us at thehippocampuspodcast@gmail.com! We are always open to hearing suggestions for future episodes and future guests!
Optimising Learning & Revision...Tips from a Learning Scientist
16-12-2020
Optimising Learning & Revision...Tips from a Learning Scientist
In this episode we are joined by Dr Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel, an expert in memory and learning from the University of Glasgow. Carolina's work involves translating research findings into the 'real-world' of learning. She is one of the members of the 'Learning Scientists', a group of cognitive psychologists whose work involves communicating evidence-informed learning strategies to the masses though talks, videos and downloadable resources!With Carolina, we discuss spacing and retrieval- the two most effective learning strategies (supported by the research) for longer-term retention, exploring why they are more effective than the “more-popular” techniques of highlighting and rewriting notes.We look at the use of flash cards and questions, and how these can be used effectively (by combining retrieval and spacing) but highlight how they can sometimes be used ineffectively!We finish with discussing what is the most important thing to do when it comes to revision, in those anxiety-filled few weeks before an exam!Recommendations from the episode:Learning scientists download short step by step 'posters' or book marks describing how to embed spacing and retrieval. -Other effective strategies such as elaboration and concrete examples are also detailed on their website. These are supported further with video podcasts and an audio podcast (subscribe to it via iTunes!)TILE Network the Teaching Innovation and Learning Enhancement network; bringing together educators and students to discuss evidence-informed approaches to learning. -if you'd like to get involved e.g. by writing a blog please get in touch via their website tile@psy.gla.ac.uk  If you enjoy the podcast please do leave us a review on iTunes and if you'd like to contact us you can find us on Instagram (give us a follow!) @thehippocampuspodcast and Twitter @hippocampus_podYou can also email us at thehippocampuspodcast@gmail.com! We are always open to hearing suggestions for future episodes and future guests!
Racial Harassment and Inequalities in Medical Education
25-11-2020
Racial Harassment and Inequalities in Medical Education
In this episode, we meet with Takunda Nhiwatiwa and Divine Maduka to talk about racial harassment and racial inequalities in medical education. We explore how we all play a part in ensuring inclusivity for all students- in the learning environment and within medical school curricula.We discuss the “what” and “why” in relation to the BMA Charter for Racial Harassment, the importance of support and ensuring reporting mechanisms for those who experience racial harassment. And also what others  who may witness such behaviours, should do. We ask what is  'active' bystanding- as talk about the opportunities available to get involved with  equality and diversity projects across medical education.If you are affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode please do see the various sources of support and guidance you can access. We discuss these within the episode and include links within the recommendations below.Recommendations from the episode: BMA Charter Mind the Gap- dermatology on non-white skin resource (free PDF online): by medic Malone MukwendeInvisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men: focuses on data regarding the gender gap separated by different topics - the theme of race is smattered throughout but the Medical chapterInstagram suggestions-@melaninmedics  - A registered UK charity promoting diversity in medicine, widening aspirations & aiding career progression for African & Caribbean students & doctors. @medschool_racism - a platform for elevating healthcare students’ voices, empowering them to share their experiences of racial harassment and seek to educate & inspire changed behaviour And for inspirational (and educational!) follows!@dr.fab - Dr Kemi Fabusiwa- makes dermatology accessible but also talks about race in medicine - she did a video on the attainment gap and being black in medicine @amileya - Dr Amile Inusa - makes loads of easy to understand infographics regarding race and medicine, but also general advice such as finance as a medic, as well as holding conferences and doing podcasts. Not mentioned in the podcast but also recommended!@drewomaukeleghe - an inspiring and award wining medical and cosmetic doctor- very inspiring!If you enjoy the podcast please do leave us a review on iTunes and if you'd like to contact us you can find us on Instagram (give us a follow!) @thehippocampuspodcast and Twitter @hippocampus_podYou can also email us at thehippocampuspodcast@gmail.com! We are always open to hearing suggestions for future episodes and future guests!
Special Guest Dr Steve Jacques- Anatomy: Curiosity, Cadavers and Inner Fish
23-09-2020
Special Guest Dr Steve Jacques- Anatomy: Curiosity, Cadavers and Inner Fish
In episode 10, which completes our "two-episode anatomy-themed series" we are joined by Dr Steven Jacques, Associate Professor and Head of Anatomy at Leicester Medical School. Dr Jacques shares with us his route from medical school to his current role, how curiosity to 'know how things work' drove his career and love of anatomy, and how the demands of medical school curriculum affects curiosity for learning.Dr Jacques also shares his thoughts on the the importance of anatomy for future clinical practice, the role and value from learning with human tissue sources such as body donors and prosections, and how students can make the most of what is offered at medical schools for learning anatomy.Note to listeners -we had a bit of a microphone glitch in the first half of the episode which we couldn't edit out. It disappears for the latter half so hopefully it isn't too annoying :(Don't forget, you can send us a message or comment by visiting our Instagram page (give us a follow!) @thehippocampuspodcast and Twitter @hippocampus_podYou can also email us any thoughts or comments on this episode or for future episodes (thehippocampuspodcast@gmail.com)!Recommendations from the episode: - Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin - Also a documentary based on the book, episodes available on YouTubeIf you haven't already do have a listen to Episode 9 where the hosts shares some other excellent resources and tips for supporting learning anatomy.