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Can Companies Become Our New Top Universities?

By John Nosta on September 23, 2017 in The Digital Self
Do you really need to go to college when the private sector might just do a better job?

Mend the Gap Between Rich and Poor in School Achievement

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
The more rigid and authoritarian the school program is, the greater is the achievement gap between rich and poor. The more trusting and empowering it is, the smaller is the gap.

Myths and Truths About Successful CEOs

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2017 in Wired for Success
Myths about what constitutes successful CEOs in America persist—reinforced by the media, corporate boards and some business experts.

The Neurobiology of Fear-Based Learning—and Unlearning

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study identifies how the brain learns and unlearns fear.

More Posts on Education

If suicides are going up, can bullying be going down?

By Izzy Kalman on August 30, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
A highly publicized study finds that bullying is going down, while other research shows that youth suicide is dramatically escalating - how are the contradictory findings possible?

This Is Your Brain on First Grade

By Lydia Denworth on August 30, 2017 in Brain Waves
When kids start grade school, they have to learn to sit still and pay attention. That experience helps them develop better executive functioning.

Evolutionary Logic

Some people are confused on the basic reasoning of evolutionary psychology. Once you understand “evolutionary logic,” it all falls into place.

I Read the News, Therefore I Am (Prejudiced)

Are you really getting the news when you flick and click?
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My Six Discoveries

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Face It!
Lies can be detected from nonverbal behavior—but only some people can do it.

Bad Justifications for Bad Behavior

Let's say a professional engages in unethical behavior. Here are six possible excuses (assuming the behavior did happen) that may not work so well: 1. Everybody does it....
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A New Diagnosis for the DSM?

Examining Non-Verbal Learning Disorder.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 2

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in In One Lifespan
The first century of our ‘third’ millennium is an incredibly fascinating and unique point in human history.

Addiction and the Brain

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in A Family Affair
Learning about addiction and the brain can help loved ones.

Heroism and the Heroic Imagination Project

What are the forces in our lives that make us shy away from offering help, standing up for ourselves or others, and acting wisely on our heartfelt values?

Letter to an Incoming Student

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Two psychology professors reflect on what students can do to succeed this new school year.
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A Different Way to Treat Depression

Depression is a failure to learn. It's time to learn how to learn again.

How to Help Kids Who Struggle Socially

What can you do to teach young people the skills they need to make healthy friendships and connect with positive peers?

Overcoming Religious Sexual Shame

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in Women Who Stray
The purity movement has traumatized a generation, teaching them to fear and hate their own bodies. But therapists are now exploring ways to help people overcome this miseducation.

Gaining Your Instructors' Respect

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in How To Do Life
Hint: grade-grubbing won't do it.

Empowering Students of Color (Part 3 of 8)

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.

We're Raising a Generation of Wimpy Kids

The ultimate goal of parenting should be to work yourself out of a job. But studies show most young adults feel they lack the emotional skills they need to face life's challenges.

On Children...

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Children today are not what they used to be, even 50 years ago – because times and societies have changed, but then it was never very clear what they were anyway...

Learning to Live From the Inside Out

Do you feel tossed around by the waves of your life? What if you could learn to powerfully surf them instead?

The Young American Male: A Shameful Chronology of Neglect

Legitimate concerns about how young males are doing continue to be simply not PC.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

The Story of Adolescence

Sometimes it helps parents to remember that every teenager is acting out the same age-old story, just in her or his individual way.

Life Long Learning

he Buddhists refer to such a state of openness as “beginner’s mind.” They regard this orientation as the curiosity of a child’s mind, and believe that it is an enlightened way....

The Perfectionist Mistake about the Meaning of Life: Part 1

Some see life as meaningless because their obsession to achieve only the excellent blinds them to the great value of the good
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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.
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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.