Essential Reads

The Science of Toy Giving

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Overwhelmed by holiday shopping? Science can help provide some helpful recommendations about toys that might promote exploration and learning in your children.

Get Your Students to be More Engaged

Break up your teaching into smaller chunks, and provide your class with feedback about how well they are understanding the material.

ADHD and Special Education

Does your child's mental illness get in the way of learning at school? Here are six reasons to consider special education for ADHD, DMDD, or other behavior disorders.
Edgar Allan Poe Daguerrotype, May-June 1849. Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

Learning by Hearing, Learning by Seeing

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
As a metaphor for learning, sound has a shadier reputation than sight.

More Posts on Education

A 12-Year-Old Is Watching Porn

By Nick Luxmoore on November 11, 2017 in Young People Up Close
If, realistically, we have little control over children watching porn, how do we help them understand what they're watching so that they're not damaged when it comes to real life?

Training Our Vets to Treat Our Vets

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on November 09, 2017 in Mind Matters
Veterans are not damaged goods but rather individuals with a capacity to become exceptional healers

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Self-Reg
How can we help a child with a kindled math alarm? How can we prevent this from happening in the first place?

Five Ways to Ensure Long-Term Retention of Spelling Words

Building word permanency in the brain is a gift to a child for a lifetime of reading and writing.

College Student Confidential

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Head of the Class
Advice that should be shared with college students everywhere on what to do as the semester or quarter winds down.

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Self-Reg
Children are going into fight-or-flight at the mere thought of doing math. Self-regulation helps us to understand why this is happening and what we might do about it.

Teaching and Writing About Diversity

By Mona S Weissmark Ph.D. on November 04, 2017 in Justice Matters
Lasting lessons from students around the globe who learned about diversity through a scientific lens.

Precocious Reading

Some children learn to read before they are formally taught. Then they arrive at school.

Too Many Synaptic Connections in Cerebellum Creates Problems

By Christopher Bergland on November 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, a growing pile of research shows that too many synaptic connections can impede brain function.

Real Data in Real News About Fake Science

How do we know that some journals are fake? One way to provide evidence would be to gather empirical data and that's just what several researchers did.

Does It Pay to Go to College?

By Brad Waters on November 02, 2017 in Design Your Path
The pros and cons of college in an era of stiff job competition.

How Physically Fit Are You Really?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that how we perceive our level of physical activity compared to other people our age can play an important role in staying healthy and living longer.

"Manufacture” Authenticity

"Manufacture" authenticity: let us show you how easy it can be done.

Professor Kevin Laland On What Made Us Who We Are

By Isaac Lidsky on November 01, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
Our culture shaped our evolution; by teaching and learning from each other we distinguished ourselves as a species.

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Self-Reg
Math shouldn’t be seen as just a tool, or a compulsory subject. It is an enriching mental experience.

Metacognition and Motivation

By Karen Ethridge Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Cognition Cafe
Thinking in a fast-paced society will often leave you wondering, "how can I process all this information at once?" Thinking about "how you think" may give everyone clues to use.

What's Your Innovation Mindset?

Is your perspective on creativity lifting you up––or weighing you down?

The Opportunity to Do Well by Doing Good

Can you find personal success in the opportunity to help others?

Harlem Success Academy and Substance Abuse Treatment

Graphical illustration of why controversies in policy involve people talking about phenomena on two sides of a phase transition.

Two Quick Principles for Dealing With Students

Now is the time to bolster motivation by reminding myself of some important virtues.

How to Learn Critical Thinking

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in Memory Medic
You can become smarter by learning critical thinking skills.

Learning to Manage Your Arguments

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Couples argue for many reasons, none of them good or excusable, but it’s just part of being in a relationship, right? Not necessarily, and here's why.

How Can Shootings Such as Sandy Hook Be Prevented?

Were there warning signs before Adam Lanza's rampage shooting? Yes, and we can change how we respond to save lives.

Giving Up "The Gift"

By Jennifer Hamady on October 25, 2017 in Finding Your Voice
To maximize your talents and abilities, focus less on how special they are, and more on your enjoyment of developing them, and yourself.
Janet Yellen/

Janet Yellen Supports Workforce Development

Addressing Challenges in Low-Income Communities. Federal Reserve Chair advocates that banks can help close the skills gap for low-and moderate-income Americans.

How to Solve the Problem of Campus Rape

Telling college women to stop drinking won’t help.

The Most Foundational Gap

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
A new approach.

18 Ways to Start a New Career Without Incurring Massive Debt

By Brad Waters on October 23, 2017 in Design Your Path
Employers are complaining about an abundance of job openings and not enough qualified candidates to fill them. Here are 18 ideas for getting experience, training, and education.

Burger King Video Proves Folly of Relying on Bystanders

By Izzy Kalman on October 23, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Burger King's viral video for Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month promotes the most highly touted solution to bullying but unwittingly proves why it has been failing.

New Classroom Trend: Flexible Seating

By Maureen Healy on October 23, 2017 in Creative Development
Would flexible seating help your child learn?