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PSAV and BrainStrength Systems Offer White Paper Detailing the Effect
Audiovisual Technologies has on Adult Learning in the Meetings Environment

Think size doesn't matter? Research reveals that the larger the screen, the more attention viewers pay
to the presentation and the more intense and memorable the experience;
The first of a four-part White Paper looks at "The Learning Brain"

LONG BEACH, Calif. — February 12, 2013 —Meeting professionals have long known that the more positive an attendee’s experience, the greater the chance for meeting success. PSAV® Presentation Services believes few meeting elements have a greater impact on the attendee experience than the meeting’s audiovisual support. To scientifically support this claim, PSAV teamed with BrainStrength Systems™ to produce a White Paper that details just that.  Audiovisual Technologies and Adult Learning in Meetings is now available from PSAV to help event planners better understand how a sensory-rich environment engages the brain, facilitates learning, enlivens the senses, and contributes greatly to an enhanced meeting experience.

PSAV is the leading supplier of audiovisual services and event technologies to hotels, associations, producers and meeting planners worldwide. The company provides an unparalleled range of event technology and with more than 800 partner locations worldwide. BrainStrength Systems is a learning and performance organization dedicated to bringing the valuable information from current neuroscience to ordinary people for use in their lives and at work. The company works with organizations to improve performance and culture, and with meeting and learning professionals to support their work with the latest research and brain-compatible strategies.
"Audiovisual technology has come a long way from its early days of overhead projectors to today's current usage of PowerPoint or Keynote slides, video, lighting, and music," said Meg Fasy, PSAV’s vice president of industry relations. "More aptly called event technologies, AV plays a very important part in what an audience experiences and how they learn and retain the meeting's message. While attendees look forward to the entertainment value that AV brings to an event, neuroscience is actually proving that these event technologies are enhancing learning and improving the entire meeting experience."

Meeting organizers each have an important message for their audience. Whether it’s to create, collaborate or communicate, their basic goal is always the same: educate. According to this research, adult brains learn from what the senses tell them. The right technology helps gain influence over more of the brain while message reception increases when using more of the right audiovisual support.
The PSAV/BrainStrength study found that people always demonstrate remarkably more learning in the following ways:


"Everything we experience occurs through our senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch," Fasy said. "Our brain registers and responds to everything in our environment and, with modern brain imaging technologies, neuroscientists are now able to pinpoint what’s happening in our brains as we undergo experiences. This allows us to identify how our brains interpret and respond to our world, and to use this information to design meeting environments and contexts that maximize learning and produce memorable attendee experiences. Only then are we achieving meeting objectives."
When information is presented orally through a presenter talking – studies reveal that individuals remember about 10 percent of it when tested three days later. This figure goes up to 65 percent when visual imagery (a picture vs. text) is added. Individuals have better recall for visual information, and several studies have shown that recognition doubles for a picture as compared to text.
Did you know: Subconscious peripheral messages are often more powerful than standard front-of-room displays? Placing posters or screens above eye level stimulates the visual mode of recall, optimal for maximum retention of your main message; at eye level stimulates learners to talk about the content and engage in a discussion; and below eye level evokes an emotional response to the content.

"Our purpose in compiling and reporting on this research is to provide meeting planners and facility managers with an understanding of the vital role audiovisual technology plays in the meeting experiences that attendees have," Fasy said. "Often, AV is just an item on a checklist – simply a logistic that must be handled. If, instead, it is used intentionally to work with the brain’s capacities, audiovisual technologies can produce specific and targeted effects that maximize learning and memory, convey your message in memorable ways, and produce the meeting outcomes you desire.
"We invite everyone interested in learning more about how sensory learning impacts meetings to request a copy of Audiovisual Technologies and Adult Learning ," she said. "By incorporating the principles presented in the White Paper, we guarantee that meetings will be more memorable."
To obtain a copy of the White Paper, click here.

About PSAV® Presentation Services  
PSAV provides the ideas and technology that inspire great meetings. This has made PSAV the leading provider of event technology for meeting planners and producers across the corporate, association, and tradeshow markets. PSAV provides an unparalleled range of event technology to support its customers’ ability to create, collaborate, and communicate. With more than 1200 partner locations worldwide, PSAV provides people and resources right where you want to have your meeting.

PSAV Agency Contact:
Barb Worcester
Tel: 440-930-5770
PSAV Contact:
Glen Adamik
Tel: 562-366-0141

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