Essential Reads

Young Men and the Empathy Gap

By Philip Zimbardo Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Hero
We have an empathy gap when it comes to having compassion for the challenges boys and young men face, and we're going to lose a whole generation if we don't pay attention.

Is There a "Superior” Sex?

Whether we are talking about academic, emotional, or social success, young males these days are struggling. Let’s acknowledge and address this problem.

Can Science Provide Insight into the Arts?

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Research has shown that the diehard talent myth is not only useless in explaining anything but also harmful to people who might otherwise enjoy a more musically enriching life.

Do You Have Any Idea What Causes a Solar Eclipse?

By Andrew Shtulman Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Inconceivable
The U.S. is preparing for a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, an event that is not only rare but also counterintuitive.

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Ibiza landscape. Pxhere. Public domain.

Did You Have a Productive Summer?

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
Why do we feel that we have to produce something, like an egg squeezed from a chicken, to justify three months of life?

Why Our Students Can’t Write

Here's part of the solution to a big problem in American education.
Nancy F. Knapp

It's Poverty, Stupid!

Billions spent to raise U.S. reading scores have had little, if any, effect. Is the money misspent? Maybe, but there is another major factor holding us back.

Age and Critical Thinking

Though mature students think they’re pretty good at CT, often they are not.

Beyond Charlottesville

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Head of the Class
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, were disturbing. Enclosed are some anti-Hate resources for teachers and interested others to use in their classrooms in the coming weeks.

The Longest Ride Home

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in Social Lights
12 ways parents can cope with college move in

How Over-Learning can Solidify a Skill

Can practicing a skill beyond the point of mastery solidify it in memory? Study suggests it can, and that neural inhibition might prevent interference by another task.

Why Are We Doing This, Sir? What's The Point?

By Nick Luxmoore on August 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
How to make sense of the adult world without having the identity of a traditional profession? How to develop a sense of personal agency in a world where the rules keep changing?

Hey Prof, The Xbox Goes Over There!

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in Social Lights
What might surprise you during move in weekend

Making Your Education Career-Ready

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How To Do Life
Wringing maximum benefit from your undergraduate or graduate experience.

Seven Tips for College and Graduate Students

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How To Do Life
Common-sense ideas that, alas, are too-often neglected.

Preserving Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance System

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The New Normal
Prevention is cheaper than the cure.

The Case for Not Giving Grades

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in How To Do Life
Furthering intrinsic motivation while reducing undue student stress.

Turning the Page on ADHD

Naturally, change is hard for all kids, and can be harder for those with ADHD. A new school year is the perfect time to pause, reconsider, and set up new routines.

What Graduate Students Need to Know (and What Nobody Says)

The perfect is the enemy of the good. You can rewrite, you can revise, you can refine, but the first thing you have to do is write.
Public Domain Pictures

ABCs or Ps and Qs?

With the new school year quickly approaching, you may be practicing the ABCs and how to count to 20 with your almost-kindergartener, but is this really the key to success?

Teaching General Psychology with a Larger Purpose

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Head Strong
At the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), general psychology is required for all cadets, and is essential in their development as leaders.

Why Aren’t We Teaching Our Students How to be Happy?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in The First Impression
How can the empirical literature on happiness be used in our classrooms to help our students build skills to increase their own well-being?

Mental Down Time Affects Learning

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Memory Medic
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," might be re-framed, "all work and no rest makes Jack a poor learner."

Obstacles to Mental Health Care in Auto Accident Cases

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in The New Normal
Battlefront Michigan for quality of life

From STEM to STEAM to Developmental Learning

Will STEM education be just another fad? Not if Dr. Jim Martinez has anything to do with it.

Using Psychology to Boost Your Grades: Taking Notes

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Writing down everything a professor says and then memorizing it is the least effective way to take notes. How can you do better?

Captive: A New Book About Zoos Is a Game Changer

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur's new book called "Captive" will touch your heart and soul. The images of zooed animals show just how much needs to be done on their behalf.

Therapy Dogs for Homesick College Students?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Animals and Us
Over 900 colleges and universities now have animal-assisted therapy programs for homesick and stressed-out students. How well do they work?

Back-to-school Homophobia

What are your LGBT children learning in sex ed?

Shoe Shaming in the Strictest School in Britain

Merchants’ Academy was called the strictest school in Britain, a tough label for a good school. But Merchants’ may not make it easy for itself by using shame to enforce behavior.

How to Recognize Toxic Individuals and Toxic Relationships

Have you ever questioned if you are in a toxic friendship or toxic romantic relationship? Do you feel beaten down by individuals who say they care about you? Learn the red flags!

New Trend: No Homework for Elementary Students

By Maureen Healy on August 01, 2017 in Creative Development
Does a homework ban for young children make sense?

Dear Parents, It's Time to Let Go

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on July 29, 2017 in Social Lights
What college-bound students wish they could say to their parents.
Liz Swan

Jumping Off the Tenure-Track?

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in College Confidential
Feeling tempted to jump off the tenure-track? I get it! I did it. And so can you...