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

Beef Down, Atmosphere Up

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in The Green Mind
You can feel the benefits of eating less meat, but you should also be aware that it’s a boon to the planet.

Academic Perversion

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in Pop Psych
Meeting standards and filling quotas does not necessarily mean anything useful is getting done. Incentive structures occasionally undermine real productivity.

Is It the Business of the University to Silence Voices?

The issue of freedom of expression is coming to a head on our campuses.

Back to School

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in One Among Many
From Kindergarten to graduate school, education is embedded in a system. Teachers and students are not free agents. Let’s liberate them a bit.

Trigger Warnings and Mental Health: Where Is the Evidence?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in Talking About Men
Recently, there has been a growing push for the use of "trigger warnings" on college campuses. But are they beneficial for mental health? And can they have unintended consequences?

Learning from the First Lovers

By Kaja Perina on March 21, 2017 in Brainstorm
Bruce Feiler, author of The First Love Story, explores the biblical tale that continues to illuminate contemporary unions.

The Emerging Crisis in Critical Thinking

What can parents and teachers do to improve thinking ability?

Teaching Text Structure Improves Reading Comprehension

By APA Division 15 on March 21, 2017 in PsychEd
Many children who do not have trouble learning how to read do have trouble understanding what they read. Teaching text structure can help.

Does Your Teen Procrastinate?

Can’t get through to your teen on procrastination? Try a different way.

Safe Spaces and Free Speech

Find out what students think about this polarized issue, and give us your own thoughts on the matter.
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Safe Spaces Can Be Dangerous

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in College Confidential
What's so safe about "safe" spaces? They prevent students from growing and adapting which is, in fact, really scary.

Why We Care Whether the Earth Is Flat

Much of life is Jeopardy, not Family Feud. We want to know the actual state of affairs, not what the survey says.

Mindful in the Classroom: New Lessons in Mental Literacy

A new age of neuroscientific literacy is beginning in the classroom.

Lady Justice Is Not Color-Blind

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on March 19, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The massive U.S. prison population does not mirror the demographic profile of U.S. society. There is a stark pattern of racial disparity in the prison population.

Kindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School

No other generation has had to cope with this ever-increasing fund of information. Improved technology and more information has led to more memorization & less meaningful learning.

Teaching in the Trump Era

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 18, 2017 in Social Lights
Advice for faculty at all ranks.

Criticism of Constructionism Expansion Pack 1

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in More Than Mortal
More thoughts on problems in the social sciences and why postmodern research is not science.

Successful Imperfection

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Anxiety Files
Living life involves making mistakes and getting on with things. But many of us get undermined by our fear and intolerance of mistakes.

Teen Pregnancies Fall But School Sex Ed Doesn’t Work. Huh?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 15, 2017 in All About Sex
The number of teen pregnancies has plummeted by more than half in a generation. But a new analysis shows that school-based sex education classes don't work. How is this possible?

Silencing Is Golden: The Chilling Dogma of AntiNormalization

Many college students are unable to debate bad ideas because they aren't learning the difference between a firmly held opinion and a self-evident truth.

Why Young People Destroy the Very Things They Need Most

By Nick Luxmoore on March 15, 2017 in Young People Up Close
When young people spurn our best attempts to love and support them, why do they do this?

Machine Learning and Antidepressant Response

By David Hellerstein M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Heal Your Brain
Machine learning offers a powerful new method of exploring response to antidepressant medicine and a host of other treatments throughout medicine, a JAMA Psychiatry report shows.

Starting Places for Learning About Good Divorce

By Wendy Paris on March 14, 2017 in Splitopia
From apps to websites to books to classes: my top picks for getting through divorce and managing co-parenting.

Students' Grandmothers More Likely to Die During Finals Week

The "dead granny" effect: Research shows that midterm and finals weeks are the deadliest of all for students' grandmothers.

Admissions (and Job) Interviews in Clinical Programs

The selection process is a window into the program’s vision of what psychology is.

Can Intelligence or Personality Compensate for Disadvantage?

Can intelligence or personality compensate for background disadvantage in predicting later life outcomes?

Going Abroad Your Junior Year? Plan!

Thinking about studying abroad? If you want to party, go on vacation. If you want to broaden your educational experience, think hard about what you want and how best to get it.

Humanists Doing Good in Uganda, Part 2

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in The Secular Life
Humanism and secularism are growing in Africa, and doing good.

College Students, Make Your Summer Plans NOW!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Head of the Class
Summer will soon be here and college students, especially psychology majors, need to make plans in order to maximize their opportunities.
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Amazon Partners With Department of Labor

Amazon partners with Department of Labor to put veterans to work.