How We Learn with Dawna Markova, Ph.D.

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In today's hyper- paced world, we don't even allow ourselves enough time to digest our own thoughts. Dawna Markova calls it "mental bulimia--we acquire facts and spit them out. So there's not time for the brain to go through the incredible mental metabolism it is capable of to create new patterns." She teaches that all of us have a unique set of learning patterns based on the way we process information. Whether you're a verbal gymnast who's never been good at sports, or great at writing but paralyzed to speak in front of a crowd, it's because of the unique way your mind processes information. We know we are different; yet we are all expected to learn in the same way. Dawna Markova, known for her groundbreaking research in perception and learning, has revolutionized how we learn and her studies are impacting schools everywhere. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Dawna Markova, Ph.D. is the CEO of Professional Thinking Partners and a co-founder of, an organization devoted to maximizing individual and collective human potential in all areas of life. Internationally known for her groundbreaking research in the fields of learning and perception, she was influential in launching a national movement to help counter America's crisis of violence as a co-creator and co-author of Random Acts Of Kindness (Conari Press 2000 revised).

Her books include:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to increase your learning ability and enhance your relationships
  • Understanding and improving your communication skills
  • Simple exercises to discover your own learning pattern
  • The importance of identifying our learning patterns at an early age
  • Finding your natural way to express yourself
  • Turning your obstacles into objects of creation
  • How Markova used new learning patterns to overcome cancer
  • Trusting what comes natural to you: voices, visions or feelings
  • How to uncover the creativity in you that's already there
  • Finding your purpose in life
  • Connecting with different aspects of your mind
  • The lack of wonder and creativity in America's workplace

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 1/29/1997      Program Number: 2610