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

Brainy and Bored: Why Whiz Kids Require Special Attention

By Dena Kouremetis on October 19, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
Gifted kids need just as much guidance as everyone else.

Why October Is the Busy Season for Bullying

It's no coincidence that National Bullying Prevention month falls at the time of year when kids have sized each other up and staked out their new place in the peer pecking order.

How Are African Americans Doing? II: Economics and Education

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
In economics and educational opportunity, African Americans have barely been keeping pace in recent decades (if even doing that well), even as whites overestimate their status.

#MeToo and Preventing Sexual Harassment at School

How to talk about #metoo and reduce sexual harassment in schools.

Genetic Research Uncovers Traits Associated With Longer Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 18, 2017 in Cravings
Scientists are digging deeper into the secrets of longevity.

Dante's Damned Flatterers

Flattery is a sin against the community.

The Real Reason Behind Teen Anxiety and Depression

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on October 16, 2017 in Healing and Growing
The real reason for increased anxiety and depression among young people is deeper and bigger than is often recognized.

How to Discuss Sex With Your Children

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 16, 2017 in All About Sex
Child and teen sex education resources contain misinformation and emphasize procreation over pleasure. Here's how to correct them.

Should You Major in Psychology?

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Head of the Class
Choosing any college major, including psychology, is a big step. What do you need to know or think about before making your choice?
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Our Memory Quirks: Are They for Us or against Us?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
What if your recollections turned out to be false? Here's a book that tutors you on how your memory works (and doesn't).

Why Anxiety Is Inevitable and Necessary

By Nick Luxmoore on October 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We rush to diagnose rather than listen, panicking when things don't go according to plan. Anxiety is normal and needs to be understood.

Never-Ending Battle of the Sexes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Some things have changed in the last few decades, but many things have not.

Empowering Students of Color (Part 5 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.
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Put Down That Beer and Pick Up Your Phone

By Ross E O'Hara, Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Nudging Ahead
Colleges have tried a million ways to reduce students' binge drinking. Could behavioral science offer another approach?

How Are African Americans Doing? I: Violence and Segregation

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
African Americans' status has deteriorated over the last 50 years, while whites strive to isolate themselves from black problems. Liberals do so while denying this segregation.
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The Structure of Fear

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 08, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A psychology class studies their experience of fear by visiting a reportedly haunted asylum.

How to Be More Spontaneous

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 07, 2017 in Fixing Families
Many of us who tend towards the routinized or cautious would like to be a bit more spontaneous. Here's tips on how to get started.

How Do Bedroom Digital Devices Affect Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Media Spotlight
The American Academy of Pediatrics has long warned against children having televisions or video-game consoles in their bedrooms. New research bears out this warning.

What's in a Number?

What does a measure of IQ actually tell us about a person?

The Latest News on the Obesity Epidemic

New Data from the CDC about obesity and its consequences.

Why Ghosting Is Leading the World's Mental Health Crisis

Our social media bubble is about to burst. With so much information coming at us, we are quickly losing sight of the human connection it was meant to create.

Nonparental Daycare: What The Research Tells Us

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Most American children will experience nonparental care. America has yet to adequately address the implications of this reality.

How Alienation Manifests in the Public Education System

Research examines dimensions of alienation in the lives of youth.

Is My Mom Punishing Me Too Harshly?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Dealing with expectations and punishments.

Thank you, Billie Jean

How far has gender equity and LGBTQ rights come?

How to Heal from Unspeakable Terror

The latest neuroscience research suggests we can help people heal from trauma's emotional scars.

An Open Letter to Therapists About Your Divorcing Clients

Therapists can do more harm than good if they don't know how to support divorcing clients

How Poverty Hurts Children

Children who are born into poverty have a lot of obstacles to success. A recent study suggests that the stresses of poverty make positive parenting difficult to practice.

Let’s View Science as a Powerful Tool

Science is a tool to enhance the quality and enjoyment of our world.

Equifax: Lessons for Board Directors and CEOs

Do You Serve on Boards, Report to Boards, or Work with Boards? You will find this article of value.