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?

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Recent Posts on Education

Inside the Bilingual Brain

Neuroscientists in Montreal link the strength of brain connections to language learning success, raising intriguing questions about the malleability of the human brain.

Even Nutrition Savvy Kids Choose Cookies Not Fruit. Why?

Nutrition education program enables kids to identify—and say they prefer— healthier snacks. But what happens when kids are offered a snack of either cookies or grapes?

Love and the Fear of Loss

Love is magnificent to experience and incredibly painful to lose. This very reality may leave you guarded against love; but you have the power to open back up to it.

Why It's So Important to Banter With Young Children

Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, joking, and storytelling, builds a foundation for knowledge, skills, and relationships.

Trauma Tips for Understanding and Healing—Part 1 of 4

By Dan Mager MSW on February 08, 2016 Some Assembly Required
Whether or not a traumatic event involves serious injury or death, trauma survivors must cope with the loss of their sense of safety and security—at least temporarily.

Bullies With a Cause

How do schools deal with nonconformists, and what happens when "excellent sheep" go to college?

Mental Illness: Talk About It More, Not Less

One study found that tolerance decreased when describing people as "mentally ill" instead of "having mental illness."

How Psychologically Well Adjusted Are Gifted People?

From young to old gifted individuals are psychologically well adjusted.

Do Learning Styles Determine Grades?

Do Learning Styles Predict Grades?

Struggling in Your Love? Take This Toxic Relationship Quiz!

Take this quiz to see how toxic thoughts may be impacting your relationship.

The Green Effect of Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

Hollywood's diversity problem is making headlines this awards season. Tinseltown's whiteout isn't telling us everything we need to know about race in America.

Does Your College Student Need Financial First Aid?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 06, 2016 College Wellness
College student debt tops 1.2 trillion dollars.

Don't Stop Music Learning

I'm a big believer in the key role music and the arts have for a child. Which child might benefit the most? Perhaps it's the ones who struggle the most.

What Can We Do to Prepare Youths with Autism for Employment?

Preparing a child or student with autism for life as a productive adult? Planning ahead and teaching life skills needed for employment are two important steps.

No, There Is No Extra Credit!

Nearly every teacher has heard this gut-wrenching question: “Is there extra credit?” For me, the answer has always been "no!" And here’s why.

Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

Why New Jersey Can’t Fix Its Anti-Bullying Law

By Izzy Kalman on February 05, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
New Jersey is repeatedly bemoaning the problems with its anti-bullying law and wondering how to fix it. It can't because the problem is the psychology, not the law.

Learning and Social Distance

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Ulterior Motives
Does the distance between you and the person you are learning from affect what you learn from that person?

Why Is Your Child Good (Or Bad...) at Both Math and Reading?

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2016 Brain Trust
Why do reading and math go together? Is it general intelligence boosting both? Study skills? Tiger parenting? A new study pinpoints this skill...and it's not general intelligence.

Addiction to Studying

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 In Excess
There is little research and no generally accepted definition of study addiction but such behaviour has been conceptualized within research into workaholism.

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

Robert Whitaker on Mad in America

The future of mental health interview series continues with Robert Whitaker on Mad in America.

The Lousy Game

By Bernard L. De Koven on February 02, 2016 On Having Fun
Fun, like lousy and well-played, is a measure whose presence or absence has as significant an impact on the quality of the game as does “lousy” and “well-played.”

Psychology Student Career Planning 101

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Head of the Class
How can psychology majors get a leg up in their futures, whether they envision a job, grad school, or something else?

The Evaluator

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 How To Do Life
A short story about a genius.

Get Back on the Helicopter

By Marcia Morris M.D. on January 30, 2016 College Wellness
Parent involvement in the college years is critical for success. Four-year graduation rates are at an all time low of 39.4%.

Technology and Children’s Health: Tips to Increase Exercise

Physical activity has impacts positive impacts on mental health and physical functioning in children and adolescents.

Confronting a Toxic Racial Climate

A negative racial environment can be costly, resulting in high turnover, discrimination lawsuits, and even forced resignations. What can be done?

Toward Better Care

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 30, 2016 How To Do Life
A letter to my med students, relevant to helping professionals & aspiring ones.

Utah Declares War on Porn Epidemic

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 Women Who Stray
A Utah resolution continues the political efforts to blame society's sexual problems on the scapegoat of pornography.