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Do You Learn More When You Make Your Notes Beautiful?

Taking beautiful notes might help students learn.
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A Question That Good Critical Thinkers Ask, Part 1

If I were to tell you that reading this article will make you a better critical thinker, what question would a good critical thinker ask about my claim?

The Radical Notion of Returning to Handwriting

Need to remember something or learn something new? Write it by hand.

A Proposal to Provide Hope For Middle-Aged Men Left Behind

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Listen Up!
Men's pain today has to do with relationships, not just employment

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How Does A Narcissist Think?

Here is how narcissistic behavior is dangerous and harmful to others.

How To Get A Free College Education

By Brad Waters on May 18, 2017 in Design Your Path
A Harvard education: get it while it's free. The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Six Ways to Appeal to an Audience

By Sheila Kohler on May 17, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
Here are six tips learned over long years of standing up in public to read and talk about my books and teaching, or simply amusing people at the dinner table.

Remember Anna Freud?

By Marty Babits on May 15, 2017 in The Middle Ground
Remember Anna Freud? A new exhibit brings her brilliance alive.

The Habit Replacement Loop

Replace your bad habits with good ones! New research on habit formation offers information on how to improve student success by establishing a new normal in learning.

I Just Graduated But I Don’t Have a Clue

Advice for parents of recent college grads

How does Our Body Change as We Age? (Part 1)

Is normal aging really as benign as we think? Yes it is.

Is It Okay To Dislike Young People?

By Nick Luxmoore on May 13, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We pride ourselves on liking young people. So when we inevitably find ourselves disliking some young people, it disturbs our equilibrium. What's going on? How do we move forward?

My Charge to 2017’s Psychology Graduates

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Head of the Class
Thousands of psychology majors will be graduating this month or next. What skills have they learned along the way that can help them segue into the workplace or graduate school?

Key To Effective Decision Making: Constructive Controversy

Most important decisions are made by groups in which there are strong pressures to agree with high power persons and to not risk offending anyone by disagreeing with their ideas.

Seven Successful Strategies from Safari

The benefits of copycat behavior

Leading the Psychology Department

Serving as a psychology department chair means having a hand at shaping the intellectual future. Here is my take on the chairship after an eight-year stint at SUNY New Paltz.

You are Never Too Old to Learn a New Language

What are the challenges and rewards of learning a new language? Ann Patty, author of "Living with a dead language: My romance with Latin", tells us about her recent experience.

After-School Programs Do Work!

Every year, after-school programs keep children safe, improve physical fitness, and support growth in literacy.


By Robert J King Ph.D. on May 09, 2017 in Hive Mind
Religious and Secular blasphemy accusations come from a similar source. And we need to call a halt to this nonsense.

Three Ways to Grow Your Leadership Potential

Do you wish you had more leadership development opportunities at work? Are you tired of waiting for people to see your potential and tap you on the shoulder?

Overstimulation and the Teaching Mind

Overstimulation contributes to teacher burnout. How can professionals who are “always on” combat overstimulation?

Get Fluent in Life: Learn How, Why, and Ways to Do It Better

What do you wish you'd had the opportunity, the talent, the strength, and the discipline to place into your life's intellectual carry-on?

Avoid the Gap Year Mistake

Gap years can be transformational moments that set a course for career and life fulfillment. But, not all gap years achieve this. What gap year students do matters.

Changing Lives Along with the System

By Career Crusaders on May 04, 2017 in Degrees of Success
The Career Crusaders talks to Monique Jimenez of Adler University.

Teaching Large College Classes With a Smile

Professors sometimes are asked to teach large sections of classes. Does this format compromise the experience for students? Not necessarily. Here are some tricks to help.
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Learning From Professional Listeners

Become a professional conversationalist.

Children and Food Allergies

By Maureen Healy on May 02, 2017 in Creative Development
Children with Food Allergies: How can you help them?

Confronting Singlism in the Psychology Classroom

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Living Single
Guest blogger Joan DelFattore finds that college students are more attuned to singlism now than in the past, but we all still have a lot to learn.

Unusual Names In Learning Research

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on May 01, 2017 in Pop Psych
If you want to know how much research tells you about the real world, you better understand how closely the two things resemble each other. In this case, not very much.

Learning About Aging Through Film: The Narrative Arc

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on May 01, 2017 in iAge
Using film as a way of introducing the discipline of gerontology to a wider audience.. This is part of the Coming of Age film festival on aging.

Designing Case Discussions: Timing is (Almost) Everything

Case discussions have been a staple of higher education for a long time. Today, I want to explore the time frame in the case example itself.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and what does it mean?

4 Steps to Build Self-Discipline and Willpower in Students

By Tim Elmore on April 27, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
There's nothing more common than finding students who are loaded with potential, yet end up severely under-performing. So how do we cultivate willpower and self-discipline in them?

4 Ways to Finish the Semester Strong

By Joel Minden, PhD on April 24, 2017 in CBT and Me
Overwhelmed by the last few weeks before finals? Some simple changes can have a big impact.