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The Learning Science of Extended Reality (XR) Technologies and How They Will Accelerate Healthcare Training

Monday, November 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Todd Maddox, P.h.D, CEO and Founder, Cognitive Design and Statistical Consulting, LLC

Extended reality (XR) technologies come in two major forms: virtual reality (VR), in which the learner is immersed in a virtual environment, and augmented reality (AR), in which the learner is in a combined real and virtual environment. The learning science—the marriage of psychology and brain science—is clear: XR technologies have the potential to provide cheaper and more effective healthcare training than traditional approaches. In this webcast, we’ll review the psychology and brain science of medical training and show how XR technologies reduce the cognitive load associated with learning and recruit learning systems in the brain that are not activated with traditional healthcare training. Taken together, this speeds learning and strengthens the memory for learned information.

In this webcast you will learn about:

  • the emerging technologies of virtual and augmented reality
  • the psychology and brain science behind these technologies
  • the potential for these technologies to revolutionize medical training
  • some current use cases of these technologies.


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Todd Maddox, P.h.D
Todd Maddox, P.h.D

CEO and Founder, Cognitive Design and Statistical Consulting, LLC

Todd Maddox is the CEO and founder of Cognitive Design and Statistical Consulting, LLC. His passion is to apply his 25 years of scientific and neuroscientific expertise, gained by managing a large human learning and performance laboratory, to help build better training solutions. Todd published more than 200 scientific articles resulting in over 10,000 academic citations. Todd is a prolific learning science speaker, and to date, has won over $10 million in federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Defense. After receiving his PhD in psychology and brain science, Todd embarked on a 25-year academic research career achieving status as a leader in the fields of human learning and memory. Todd is especially interested in applying his optimized training expertise to healthcare, corporate training, and the emerging technologies of VR/AR/MR. He is currently writing a book focused on bringing the science of optimized training into the commercial sector. Twitter: @wtoddmaddox

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