Essential Reads

Sleep Strengthens Recent Learning and Negative Memories

By Lydia Denworth on November 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
What happens in the brain during sleep? Quite a lot. Machine learning and EEG are revealing how memories, especially negative ones, and learning are boosted while we're asleep.

In Teaching, Every Moment Counts

By Julia Moeller Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Passion 101
Malleable or fixed: To what extent can student motivation be influenced by teaching strategies and to what extent is it determined by fixed student characteristics?

How to Spot Fake News

Most people aren't able to distinguish fake from real news, can you? Here's five key tips to help spot fake news.

Millennial Distress: Why More? Why Now?

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 12, 2017 in Bipolar You
A discussion of current socioeconomic and social media influences upon the emotional and psychological distress of today's millennial generation.

More Posts on Education

Darwin's Classroom

According to a recent study, having an elementary school education that matches features of our ancestral past has positive and far-reaching outcomes in life. Here is why.

Empowering Students of Color, Part 6 of 8

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.

Are Teachers Getting Bullied?

What should a teacher do when bullied by a student, parent, or principal?

Guidance on the Graduate School Application Process

Did you know there are about a dozen kinds of graduate programs for psych majors? Did you know that many programs offer tuition help? Read on for inside take on the process!

Transitioning to Middle School

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Raising Parents
Why is my sixth grade child behaving differently toward me?

Education’s Future: What Will Replace K-12 and College?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Our expensive, time-wasting, anxiety-producing system of education is an immense failure. In a rational world, what would replace it? Here is my answer to that question.
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What Suicide Grievers Don't Say

By Elizabeth Young on November 11, 2017 in Adaptations
"There won't be another son," I say quietly.  There's a long silence, and then Jack says. "No. There won't be another son." 

A 12-Year-Old Is Watching Porn

By Nick Luxmoore on November 11, 2017 in Young People Up Close
If, realistically, we have little control over children watching porn, how do we help them understand what they're watching so that they're not damaged when it comes to real life?

Training Our Vets to Treat Our Vets

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on November 09, 2017 in Mind Matters
Veterans are not damaged goods but rather individuals with a capacity to become exceptional healers

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Self-Reg
How can we help a child with a kindled math alarm? How can we prevent this from happening in the first place?

Five Ways to Ensure Long-Term Retention of Spelling Words

Building word permanency in the brain is a gift to a child for a lifetime of reading and writing.

College Student Confidential

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Head of the Class
Advice that should be shared with college students everywhere on what to do as the semester or quarter winds down.

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Self-Reg
Children are going into fight-or-flight at the mere thought of doing math. Self-regulation helps us to understand why this is happening and what we might do about it.

Teaching and Writing About Diversity

By Mona S Weissmark Ph.D. on November 04, 2017 in Justice Matters
Lasting lessons from students around the globe who learned about diversity through a scientific lens.

Precocious Reading

Some children learn to read before they are formally taught. Then they arrive at school.

Too Many Synaptic Connections in Cerebellum Creates Problems

By Christopher Bergland on November 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, a growing pile of research shows that too many synaptic connections can impede brain function.

Real Data in Real News About Fake Science

How do we know that some journals are fake? One way to provide evidence would be to gather empirical data and that's just what several researchers did.

Does It Pay to Go to College?

By Brad Waters on November 02, 2017 in Design Your Path
The pros and cons of college in an era of stiff job competition.

How Physically Fit Are You Really?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that how we perceive our level of physical activity compared to other people our age can play an important role in staying healthy and living longer.

"Manufacture” Authenticity

"Manufacture" authenticity: let us show you how easy it can be done.

Professor Kevin Laland On What Made Us Who We Are

By Isaac Lidsky on November 01, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
Our culture shaped our evolution; by teaching and learning from each other we distinguished ourselves as a species.

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Self-Reg
Math shouldn’t be seen as just a tool, or a compulsory subject. It is an enriching mental experience.

Metacognition and Motivation

By Karen Ethridge Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Cognition Cafe
Thinking in a fast-paced society will often leave you wondering, "how can I process all this information at once?" Thinking about "how you think" may give everyone clues to use.

What's Your Innovation Mindset?

Is your perspective on creativity lifting you up––or weighing you down?

The Opportunity to Do Well by Doing Good

Can you find personal success in the opportunity to help others?

Harlem Success Academy and Substance Abuse Treatment

Graphical illustration of why controversies in policy involve people talking about phenomena on two sides of a phase transition.

Two Quick Principles for Dealing With Students

Now is the time to bolster motivation by reminding myself of some important virtues.

How to Learn Critical Thinking

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in Memory Medic
You can become smarter by learning critical thinking skills.

Learning to Manage Your Arguments

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Couples argue for many reasons, none of them good or excusable, but it’s just part of being in a relationship, right? Not necessarily, and here's why.

How Can Shootings Such as Sandy Hook Be Prevented?

Were there warning signs before Adam Lanza's rampage shooting? Yes, and we can change how we respond to save lives.