Learning by thinking: How to harness the power of reflection

Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. And indeed, given the choice between practicing a task and reflecting on their performance so far, most people choose the former. However, new research suggests that this preference may be misinformed. 

In this podcast Giada Di Stefano, Associate Professor of Strategy in the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi University, speaks about the role of reflection in fostering learning. Using evidence from a series of experimental studies conducted in a variety of settings, she uncovers the conditions under which reflecting on prior experience is more beneficial to learning than gaining additional experience.