Insights on Education

From language acquisition to problem solving to social skills, questions of how we learn are central to understanding human development. Formal education has its share of critics—can psychology lead the way to true reform?

Recent posts on Education

Do You Have a Recurring School Dream? Tell Me About It

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on May 29, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Dreams about being a student in school are very common, even for people who have been out of school for a long time. If you have had such a dream more than once, describe it here.

Kids Are What You Eat: Grab a Whisk & An App

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 28, 2016 in Screen Time
Families are searching for healthy meals that require minimal prep time. They may benefit from the following recommendations to adjust “attitudes” related to food.

Home Schooling Your Nearly-Grown Child

Does your high schooler dread going to school every day? There is an alternative, but it's a gut-wrenching decision...

The Perception of Mental Illness: Stigma or Reality

The ongoing stigma about mental illness has tragically kept people from seeking treatment. Here's what you can do about it.

The Secret to Applying to College as a Military Veteran

By Rob Henderson on May 26, 2016 in After Service
Each year, thousands of men and women transition out of the military. It is important that they understand the options available to them.

Learning to Relate

Learning how to relate is extremely complex—more so when, very early in life, a child’s parents aren’t effective caregivers.

We Need to Talk About Books!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Are you a reader of ‘light’ or ‘heavy’ books? Why do so many of us love books set in war time, yet that is the last place we would really want to be?

When Should Kids Start Kindergarten?

Is it better for kids to delay kindergarten a year? Find out what the evidence says.

Lessons From Teaching About Our Latest Scandal in Psychology

Like other momentous events in psychology, the torture scandal left a permanent mark on our field. There are profound consequences, and the dominoes haven't stopped falling.
Bryan Roche

New Evidence That IQ Can Be Increased With Brain Training

By Bryan Roche, Ph.D. on May 24, 2016 in IQ Boot Camp
Still cynical about brain training? Evidence for a form of Relational Skills Training called SMART training is mounting.

Helping Children Succeed: Brain Science in the Classroom

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on May 24, 2016 in Child in Mind
Paul Tough grew to recognize that the qualities that help children succeed are not "skills" that are "taught" but rather qualities that develop in early relationships

An Alert for Psychology Majors

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 24, 2016 in Head of the Class
Given students concern about admission to grad school or gainful employment, is pursuing a minor a good idea?

The Psychology Behind How Young People Vote

Young people will have more power to influence U.S. elections and policy than at any other time in recent history. How do they vote differently from older adults?

What has happened to American education?

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Spreading the Word

By APA Division 15 on May 23, 2016 in PsychEd
It's safe to say that, generally, scientists are reluctant to share their research outside of the world of academia. We need to change this, if we want to have a real impact.

Education Research and the Media

By APA Division 15 on May 23, 2016 in PsychEd
Today, it's more urgent than ever that education researchers inform the voting populace about what it truly means to educate an increasingly diverse and complex student body.

On Gap Years and Privilege

Gap years are often dismissed because they are associated with privilege. But, the story is more complicated than this, and those concerned with college success should look deeper.

How Can We Best Help Underrepresented and Talented Students?

The story of how a university-charter district partnership made an early college high school.

Lessons for Millennials

The best advice you ever heard ... for millennials!

Learning About Addiction

A huge problem in our country is that most of the people who we trust to provide addiction treatment are poorly qualified or unqualified.

The Seductive Allure of Psychological Atlases

A psychological atlas is a map that depicts regional variations in the observed scores on a psychological measure or test. Why are they often problematic?

Why We Get Caught in Power Struggles, and How to Let Them Go

Are you caught in a power struggle but (truth be told) don't really care about what you're fighting for?

Brain Drain: Breaking Down the Concussion Injury

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on May 18, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Most people don't respect the dynamics of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Herein, breaking down the neurology so we can all give the injury its credit.

Calling the Holocaust "Bullying" Is Offensive

By Izzy Kalman on May 18, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
Experts who call the Holocaust "bullying" are wrong. They are trivializing genocide and catastrophizing bullying. Genocide is actually victim behavior.
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Preparing Teens With Autism for Work: Self Employment

Looking at self employment as an option sometimes leads to an actual job. The process of discovering a person’s strengths and weaknesses, can lead to traditional employment.

New Study Reveals Six Benefits of School Restorative Justice

Zero tolerance approaches have not garnered much research support for reducing conflicts or violence. A new study identifies the many benefits of school-based restorative practices

Alexander Owens’ Fight Against Neurofibromatosis

To promote awareness of this tragic disease and to call attention to how it affects children and their families, May has been designated National Neurofibromatosis Month.

We Are, Where We Are: Spatial Cognition Shapes Our Self-Hood

The physical environments that surround you have a huge impact on who you are in the present moment and cumulatively throughout your lifespan, according to new research.

The Struggle to Unlearn Psychology

Many millennials have minimal exposure to extinction situations, because someone constantly reinforced them.

Spatial Talent Could Help Fill “Middle Skill" Jobs

Employers complain that electricians, pipe fitters, advanced manufacturing machinists, brick masons and radiology technicians are scarce. Spatial talent could help fill these jobs.