Science of Learning and Behaviour
with Dr Judi Newman


  Webinar 1 - 5 March 2024
Webinar 2 - 12 March 2024
Webinar 3 - 19 March 2024
4.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT

Webinar Cost

Non Member - $185
ACEL Member - $155

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Our brain evolved over 50000 years ago for the purpose of the survival in the Stone Age. The brain takes thousands of years to evolve so modern humans have very much the same brain as the Palaeolithic man. This has significant implications for leadership and learning in the workplace across every sector or context. A deep understanding of how our brain thinks, learns and remembers will provide strategies for decision making that align with the way our brain best operatives for powerful leadership and learning insights and practices.

There is a gap between what neuroscience shows and what organisations do. Leaders and teachers can learn how to adjust their behaviours and practices to align with the physiology, not against it, to strengthen their influence in the classroom. The new research of the neuroplastician draws knowledge from the fields of neurophysiology, neurolinguistics, neuroplasticity and neurocoaching to inform evidence based practice. Applied social neuroscience has much to offer the future of educational leadership of learning.

Dr Judi Newman

Dr. Judi Newman, PhD is the Director of The Academy of Organisational Neuroscience Australia and is an expert in applied neuroscience, a field of study that takes the latest in social cognitive neuroscience research and applies it to leadership, motivation, learning and influence.  Her mission is to boost influence through strengthening leadership capacity and learning impact, through a neuroscience lens and sharing evidence-based practice. Specifically, her work is focussed on working with school principals and corporate leaders to establish brain-wise schools or companies to build high performance teams who view themselves as leaders. Her unique approach, combining what we know from psychology, education and neuroscience can give your organisation the edge and is evident in her academic research and work background across these three areas. She is the only consultant in Australia that has a PhD in social applied neuroscience, is a former high school principal with over thirty years of experience in education, a masters in learning management, has worked as an executive leadership coach and additionally, has a psychology background. Judi has written four books and is currently writing a leadership book.

Webinar 1:
Understanding Cognitive Overload

Tuesday 5 March 2024

4.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT

1 Hour

Why does it take me so long to catch on when learning something new? Why do others learn at a faster rate? Why can’t I think clearly when I am stressed? How does a pilot learn to think clearly in a stressful incident? How do I know if my students are on cognitive overload?

Topics covered:

  • Novice and expert learners
  • Action potential and Hebb’s Law
  • Strategies to overcome cognitive overload
  • The prefrontal cortex has very little room for new learning
  • The four types of downtime the brain requires for learning.
  • How habits reduce cognitive load


Webinar 2:
Powerful Memory Techniques

Tuesday 12 March 2024

4.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT

1 Hour

Why do I forget why I walked into a room? Why do I see my new car on the road everywhere? How do card counters remember 52 cards so easily? Why can I remember exactly where I was when Princess Dianna died? Do I really smell the coffee when I see a television advertisement for a cafe? Why is it difficult for students to apply something new to a different context? Why do smells bring back a flood of memories?

Topics covered:

  • Why episodic memory is more powerful than semantic memory
  • Memory formation, storage and retrieval
  • Barriers to memory
  • How to improve memory
  • Memory techniques
  • The importance of goal setting
  • Factors that influence retention
  • The brain is context and state sensitive


Webinar 3:
Exploring Learning Readiness

Tuesday 19 March 2024

4.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT

1 Hour

Why do I learn better with people I like? Why do I always remember the one negative comment my friend made when she has made so many nice comments? Does chronic negativity really kill brain cells? Why are negative people more likely to be negative the next day? How do I know if my students are learning ready?

Topics covered

  • How to make classrooms more inviting
  • How to calm the brain stem for learning readiness
  • Learning readiness techniques
  • The role of emotion in learning
  • The importance of well-being in learning
  • Attention grabbing factors
  • The early brain and the teenage brain in learning readiness