What To Do When You Have No Idea What's Going On In School

Struggling in class? There's a solution. It's not easy, but it works.

One Question You Need to Ask Yourself About Your Syllabus

Are you a college teacher? A small question might make you want to make big changes. It did for me.

Foodstagramming Rhymes With Cramming (Food in Your Mouth)

Does taking pictures of food put a barrier between you and spontaneous experience? Or does it actually heighten your senses?

The Dieter's Paradox: When More Feels Like Less

He added some chopped nuts and strawberries. Somehow convinced that it now had fewer calories, and guilt-free, he dug in.

Perfect Practice for Softball (And Sports)

Is your practice full of reps? It shouldn't be.

Wait, There’s Spinach in That?

I must kill her buzz whenever I feel like it because it is just simply my right. There’s a big-sister handbook and this rule is the title.

When My Brain Says Yes but My Body Says No

How you can train without moving.

The Day My Friend Took Adderall Before a Track Meet

During the warm-up I remember making a comment about how he looked locked in and he replied, “thanks, I scored some Adderall for the first time to give me an extra boost too.”

Advice For Teachers: How To Make Daily Quizzes Work

Do you want to give daily quizzes in your class? Here are a few tips based on experience.

Maybe Lecture Fluency Isn't So Misleading

I helped publish a study in which more "fluent" (i.e., clear, engaging) lecturers were rated as more effective, but they weren't. A new, more realistic study failed to replicate.

What Artistic Pigeons Tell Us About Superstitious Parents

Like most first-time parents, we had a set of baby-care rules that was more complicated than the federal tax code and more sacred than the Bible. We wanted everyone to follow it to a T.

Another Flashbulb Memory Bites the Dust

Guest post by a student who has a memory of September 11th, 2001, that is vivid, clear, and wrong.


A college student on why she is happy to be living with ADHD even though it's a struggle

Stop Worrying About Starting Grad School

Your knowledge and skills on the first day are almost irrelevant 4 years later. What matters more is how much your skills are going to improve. That depends on your talent, attitude, and work ethic.

Trying to See the Items for the Means

A pitfall for researchers to avoid.

Psychology Poems for the Month of March

Listen first, hear a blur… Get clues, listen twice, words are heard! Top-down: it filters.

Come Play: It's the Bluff the Psychologist Challenge

With apologies to NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! It is time to play the Bluff the Psychologist Challenge. Two of these effects are made up. Which one is real?

The Heuristic that Caused the Ebola Panic of 2014

How did the media cause an Ebola panic? The human mind did half the work.

Hunger Comes From Your Mind, Not Just Your Stomach

You might think you get hungry when your stomach is empty. It's not that simple.

Four Things Scientists Get Wrong About Spacing Effects

When I tell an audience about the benefit of spaced practice I always ask them to think of an example from their own life. When they do, certain misunderstandings always come up.

Why Does Retrieval Enhance Learning? It's All About Trying

Why do tests enhance learning? A new study shows that whether you successfully retrieve or not doesn't seem to matter. As long as you make a retrieval attempt, and find out the answer, getting it right or wrong doesn't much matter.

Is Being Male a Talent or an Opportunity?

Treating people with different levels of talent differently is an inevitable, and in many ways beneficial, part of society. But men should not get more opportunities than women simply because they are men. And unlike talent, we can control how much opportunity we give each other.

K-12 Tenure Rates = Elite College Graduation Rates

K-12 teacher tenure rates are around 95%. That's seen as bad. Elite college graduation rates are around 95%. That's seen as good. How is that not hypocritical?

How Major Depression Impaired My Cognitive Ability

Major depression affected my mind in every way, not just my mood and motivation but also my ability to think and concentrate.

Should Police Lineups Be Sequential or Simultaneous?

New analyses have rekindled debate over whether police should show lineups to witnesses with possible criminals presented one at a a time or all at once.

Inside the Eating-Disordered Mind

Eating disorders are associated with have mild cognitive impairments that can have far-reaching consequences. These impairments do not necessarily go away when patients get healthy. Acknowledging these impairments can promote better heath for victims and better understanding for all involved.

Is Taking a Flipped Class Flipping My GPA?

Flipped classrooms seem like a great idea but here's how they look from a student's perspective.

Cookies, Milk, and Action Slips: A Cautionary Tale

Our attention is like a spotlight. It is selective and limited. But giving it to someone can mean so much more than we tend to think.

How to Tell if a Finding Should be a Target for Replication

It's important to replicate scientific findings. But which ones? You can't replicate them all. Researchers should give collaboratively describe a set of principles we can all follow as we select studies to replicate.

Why Replicators Should Take Charges of Bullying Seriously

If you really want replication to succeed, promote it by inviting people in. It’s not as fun as being snarky, and it’s more work. But it's time to step up and be supportive. Maybe the culture of psychological science will actually change.