Essential Reads

The Top Ten Myths About Men’s Sexuality

By Joe Kort Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Understanding the Erotic Code
It is time to stop gender bias and catch therapists up to understanding what really is happening in men’s erotic universe.

Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Self-directed education—as it occurs in unschooling families and at democratic schools--operates by allowing these four natural drives to flourish. ....

How An Art Break Helps Kids Learn

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Home Base
Integrating play and creativity into the school day may help children learn. Here's an innovative school counseling program that did just that.

The Bonus Effect

By Alfie Kohn on September 27, 2016 in The Homework Myth
If you're told "Do this, and you'll get that," you're likely to become less interested in "this" -- and more interested in "that." Especially if "that" turns out to be money.

More Posts on Education

What is Lasting Love?

Can we learn to appreciate our romantic partner without the sparks and fireworks? Clearly, some people manage to. What is their secret?

Is the Tech Industry the New Big Tobacco?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 30, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Taking a page from the Big Tobacco story can help us see how today's tech industries use tactics such as "create doubt and confusion" to keep us in the dark about health effects.

Energy Bites for Teachers

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Attention Training
Often times the last person teachers think about is themselves.

A Brief Look at Medical Student Syndrome

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in In Excess
There is some empirical evidence that some particular sub-groups of people appear to suffer hypochondria-related disorders relating to the medical conditions they are studying

Reading With Purpose, or Purposes

My university hired a PR firm to help sell us. The major slogan they came up with was “Learn with Purpose.” I was cynical at first, but it turns out to be a pretty good principle!

The Mirage of Sexism

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in College Confidential
Sexism is real. But what about when it's not? Find out why calling something "sexist" when it's not can be counterproductive and self-defeating.

A Broad, Studying: My Semester in London, 1977

When you live in another country, you learn that you carry the ability to make a life for yourself wherever you are. It's a lesson that should never be underestimated.

Can Sophistication in Writing Be Measured?

What those puzzling scores at the bottom of articles really mean.

Continue to BE Uncomfortable

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on September 25, 2016 in Catching Homelessness
On the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and confronting racism in constructive ways.

Can a Harvard Degree Actually Reduce Patient Trust?

I have made a conscious decision to forgo hanging my diplomas. Here’s why.

Tech Exec on Opportunity and the Future for Our Children

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Spotting Opportunity
Sixty-five percent of our children will work in jobs that don't yet exist.

Biased Publication Standards Hinder Schizophrenia Research

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Since most research that exists on treatment of schizophrenia is directly funded by pharmaceutical companies, a bias exists towards silencing unfavourable research.

Learning From Chris Sharma

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in All about Anxiety
What a no-ropes rock climber can teach us about tackling our Anxiety.

When Enneagram Types Differ On Values and Careers

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 20, 2016 in The Career Within You
The father: “Men of distinction have refused to let their daughters marry a teacher; so why don’t you attend law school instead?”

Recovery Is a Process of Learning, Growth, and Healing

By Dan Mager MSW on September 19, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Recovery from addiction is the process of sustaining abstinence, and learning and practicing the awareness and skills necessary to live a whole, healthy, and healed life.

When I Failed Miserably I Also Succeeded

By Dan Pontefract on September 19, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Why do many of us tend to run from the room screaming when we hear the word "fail"?

Storytelling Is a Conduit for Intergenerational Learning

Have you shared a well-told story with a teen or grandchild lately? The result could be transformative for both of you!

Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 9

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Groups working to maximize their collective understanding of societal problems need a space where they are free to exercise their intelligence.

That Sneaky Devil, Projective Identification

By Nick Luxmoore on September 17, 2016 in Young People Up Close
In relationships, we need to stop and wonder whether the things we feel belong to us or are unconsciously projected into us by other people.

What Teachers Need to Know About Their Students' Brains

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Hot-off-the-press research suggests a radically new way to teach

5 Brain-Based Reasons to Teach Handwriting in School

Did you know that handwriting will make you and your child smarter than keyboarding?

Birth Is Just One Day, Parenting Lasts a Lifetime

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Home Base
Most prenatal classes focus on preparing for birth - but ignore what happens after the baby comes. Without postpartum prep, the transition to parenthood can be rocky.

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Unshrouding the concept of statistical significance so that psychological research can be accessible to everyone.

What Do Brexit and Universal Grammar Have in Common?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Language in the Mind
Why are languages broadly similar? The Universal Grammar hypothesis meets Brexit: both are presently intangible.

Say It Forward: Presidential Debates and Verbal Abuse

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Design on My Mind
The power to keep the peace—not just abroad but within our own borders—starts with respectful interactions within our own families and communities.

#BecauseofArtsEd: Arts Education and Me

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Your Musical Self
This week is National Arts in Education week. How did arts education impact you?

What is Self-Actualization?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in What Doesn't Kill Us
What would it be like if we took Maslow's idea that human beings are hardwired for self-actualization more seriously?

A Recipe for Finding True Love

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
An ounce of computer science plus a teaspoon of neuroscience can produce a delicious result!

7 Ways to Enhance Your Memory

By Ryan Anderson on September 13, 2016 in The Mating Game
Have you ever wondered if there is a simple way to improve your memory? This article gives you 7 evidence-based techniques you can use to become far better at retaining information

When Your Teen Has Done Something Very Bad

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
Screw-ups as learning opportunities.