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

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.

Study Fact-Checks Influence of Immigration on Jobs

Research shows that the diversity from immigration leads to wage growth and higher productivity in STEM fields.

Does Creativity Come From Persistence or Flexibility?

If you think broadly, you will find creative ideas among irrelevant ones. If you think deeply, you will eventually dig through mundane ideas and into original ones below.

Should We Protect Our Kids From the Stress of Youth Sports?

Kids sobbed as they exited the climbing competition through what my wife aptly named the “Tunnel of Tears”. And into this mix, we send our kind, humble 9-year-old?

Research Finds Faults in Santa Claus Workplace Safety

Society systematically fails to consider issues of workplace safety that affect Santa Claus and his ungulate co-workers every Christmas Eve. A new paper rights this wrong.

Does Religion Protect Against Holiday Blues?

Study finds that "the Christmas period is related to a decrease in life satisfaction and emotional well-being." But not among very religious Christians...

Online Games Show Player Personality And How To Change It

You bring some of your personality into online games...and soon the game may put a bit of itself into your personality.

Should We Let Kids Study What Interests Them?

Does a child's intrinsic motivation increase math scores? Of course it does! That is, unless you look at the science.

Does Fairness Depend on Kindness or Justice?

Imagine you have to split a plate of cookies. Does the person who baked the cookies get the most or do you split them evenly?

An Optimistic Study of Learning in Older Brains

A Columbia University study shows that the learning of healthy older brains may depend more on motivation than ability.

The Surprising Power of an Uncomfortable Brain

What happens when surroundings don't match your expectations? A new series of experiments shows that this "cultural dysfluency" shocks your brain off autopilot and back into thinking.

Here's How to Finally Love Math With Your Child

How do the words, "The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another" make you feel? A study in the journal Science shows that if you can create the same feeling with your child about math, his or her skills will blossom.

Can Your Child's Friends Affect How Much He or She Learns?

A study in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology explores how friends influence each other's school skills.

The Science of Happiness, Well-Being and Twinkies

As you’re reading this, ask yourself one question: Are you happy? Okay, maybe just one more: Wouldn’t a Twinkie make you happier? The answer depends on how you define happiness.

One Powerful Tool to Help Your Child Learn Math

Executive function, school placement, math identity, reading skills, IQ and more: Here's what matters (and what surprisingly doesn't!) for improving math skills in elementary and middle schools.

How To Manage Situations and Emotions of Acute Stress

The ability to keep stress in a productive “Goldilocks zone” depends less on what you have to deal with and more on how you deal with it. Here's how.

Whether to Wake Up or Snooze, and Why It Matters So Much

To snooze or not to snooze? The answer can determine whether you start the day with energy or insight.

If You Want to be Creative, Keep Trying

Test yourself: how many creative ideas can you generate for things to eat or drink at Thanksgiving dinner? Now, how many more do you think you could come up with if you persisted in trying again? The answer might surprise you.

Relational Reasoning Shows How Kids Think Without Thinking

Study shows how young children intuit relationships that older children over-think and can't see.

Study Shows That 40% of U.S. Kids Are Insecurely Attached

I was at the park the other day throwing pine cones at my kids when a mother asked, “How can you hit your kids with pine cones!” I said it was actually pretty easy—and surprisingly fun!

Calvin's Dad Was Right: How to Communicate Science to Kids

Though Calvin's dad's explanations may stretch what we adults consider scientific credibility, they are linear, logical and—at least to the brain of a young child who hasn’t yet pruned branches from the tree of possibilities—perfectly plausible. That’s why Calvin goes back for more: The quality of his dad’s explanations keep him Calvin's oracle of information.

A New Kind of Reward Increases Intrinsic Motivation

Even my wife, a psychologist, falls prey to the seductive idea that a $5 trip to Target after a violin lesson will eventually result in our son associating violin practice with good things.

The Brain Works Through "Openness" to Boost Creativity

Researcher: "Cultivation of the basic personality features of openness to experience in children and adolescents may increase an individual’s trait creativity and, thereby, facilitate divergent thinking and creative achievement."

Inside the Brains of Child Prodigies

For every prodigy, there's a profile: Distinct brain abilities help to make astounding performance possible.

Study: The Difference Between Shyness and Social Anxiety

Some shy babies become shy, happy children. Others become withdrawn and socially anxious. A new study shows the difference.

Intuition, Emotion-Based Learning, & the Iowa Gambling Task

Why, so often, does emotion-based learning fail? And how can you ensure your emotion-based learning leads your intuitions in the correct direction? The answers come from 20 years of research with a gambling game.

Wisdom and Narcissism: What Makes a Good Leader?

It seems that rather than knowing anything or being able to do anything or understanding life's changing complexities, what we want from a leader is simply the ability to courageously march into the unknown and make it safe for the rest of us to follow.

The Nature and Nurture of Kids' Reading Development

You've seen the infomercials: glowing parents gushing over their 2yo who reads Proust. In the original, for gosh sakes! How does that happen? A new study in the journal Child Development lets you largely off the hook.

How to be a Genius

Lacking superior IQ or prodigious talent? Don't worry, anyone can join Michelangelo in the "genius at" category.

Scrabble Champ's Primer on Winning Words With Friends

"Here’s the story of the only truly awesome play I’ve ever made,” Jason Katz-Brown told me when I interviewed him for my book, Brain Trust. Katz-Brown is a former US No. 1-ranked Scrabble player, and co-creator with John O’Laughlin of the gold-standard wordplay site Quackle, so when he talks awesome plays, less-awesome players like me listen.