Hailey Handerhan ’19
Faculty Advisor: Jean Parry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology
Presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Independent College Fund of New Jersey
Research into Understanding the Synaptic Plasticity and Learning Strategies
There are four broad types of learning strategies; visual, aural, verbal, and kinesthetic. This research examines the four main types of learning styles to determine which of these modes of learning will more actively stimulate the average college student, therefore enhancing their ability to learn. A cohort of at least 10 college students will be tested on their synaptic plasticity via an Electrocephalogram (EEG); Heart and Brain SpikerShield device. Each student will first be given a VARK test, which will be used as a reference point for identifying an optimal learning strategy, and those results will be supported or refuted by comparison to an EEG recording taken during a simple language lesson taught in each of the four formats (visual, aural, reading, kinesthetic). A proof of concept analysis has been completed, and student data collection is currently underway.