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Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

The Evaluator

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short story about a genius.

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

By Christopher Bergland on January 26, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.

More Posts on Intelligence

The Wonderlands of the Mind

The creative lengths to which the imaginative mind can go....

Nine Signs of a Courageous Mind

By Jake Breeden on February 04, 2016 Tipping Sacred Cows
Live life more fully by thinking more courageously.

What's New in Neuropsychology?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 How To Do Life
Will today's "exciting findings" finally yield tomorrow's real sbreakthroughs?

Why Is Your Child Good (Or Bad...) at Both Math and Reading?

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2016 Brain Trust
Why do reading and math go together? Is it general intelligence boosting both? Study skills? Tiger parenting? A new study pinpoints this skill...and it's not general intelligence.

This Worker Has So Much More to Offer

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 The Human Beast
We are accustomed to thinking about occupations in terms of opportunity. One assumes that an employee acquires skills and becomes more valuable, better paid, and happier.

The Surprising Link Between Compassion and Success

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Feeling It
Why nice guys do finish first.

7 Surprising Insights About How Genius Happens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Creating in Flow
Genius—the ability to make leaps of innovation—isn't a product only of nature or nurture. Living in a place and time that encourages the flourishing of genius helps too.

The Psychology of Supremacism: Whether White, Male or Human

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 24, 2016 Moral Landscapes
As a child the women around me routinely warned each other not to insult the ego of a nearby male. Male supremacism was not challenged, till later. How about human supremacy?

Do Men Have a Problem With Dating Smart Women?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 23, 2016 Off the Couch
Years ago, Sara’s mother had told her, “if you want to find a husband, don’t be too smart.” Was she right?

The Future of Clinical Psychology

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 How To Do Life
What neuroscience promises and the implications for clinicians and patients today.

Does Creativity Come From Persistence or Flexibility?

By Garth Sundem on January 20, 2016 Brain Trust
If you think broadly, you will find creative ideas among irrelevant ones. If you think deeply, you will eventually dig through mundane ideas and into original ones below.

How to Keep our Dignity While Ceding Human Preeminence

We need not give our robo sapien successors our worst qualities.

What are the Key Dispositions of Good Critical Thinkers?

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 In One Lifespan
Scholars have suggested that there may be a number of core personal dispositions that support good critical thinking. But what are these critical thinking dispositions?

The Hero Within

Most people have no idea that the stories inside our heads determine much of what we notice in the world or how we string our observations together to make meanings of them.

Task Force on Workforce Sets Path to Closing the Skills Gap

New Task Force Report Makes Recommendations on Closing the Skills Gap

Do Humans Have A Basic Capacity To Understand Fractions?

We know there are individual differences in math ability, even at a young age, but what basic cognitive tools lay the foundation for whether we are good with numbers?

7 Ways to Trump Brain Games

By Susan Reynolds on January 11, 2016 Prime Your Gray Cells
Now that the shine has been dimmed on “brain games” in staving off aging-related decline, it’s important to revisit scientifically proven ways to keep your brain healthy.

Secularism and the Internet

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 The Secular Life
The Internet is no friend to religion. Here's why.

How Intelligent Are You?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 05, 2016 A Sideways View
There is a growing literature on self-assessed (self-estimated) as opposed to test-derived intelligence. The results are consistent but rather surprising.

Ice-cream Preferences

By Peter Cave on January 01, 2016 Philosophical Perplexities
Ice-cream Reasoning

Performance Accountability: A New Parenting Model for 2016

Performance accountability for children, what it is, and specifically how to use this high-value tool is just and compassionate parenting. This article outlines the steps.

Why Being Normal Isn't Always Healthy

You may not be "normal" and that could be a good thing! Your beauty, intelligence, and gifts may make you extra-ordinary.

5 Ways to Get out of the Indecisiveness Trap

We are constantly making decisions but for some people, these come harder than for others. Find out what to do when you're stuck in the indecisiveness trap.

The End of Work: The Rise and Fall of the Job

By Ray Williams on December 21, 2015 Wired for Success
We are in the midst of a revolution, occasioned by the disappearance of a massive number of jobs as we know them. We are experiencing the end of work as we know it.

The Energy of Relationships

Have you ever hit the figurative physical, emotional, or mental wall?

5 Ways to Crystallize Your Intelligence Around Writing

By Susan Reynolds on December 08, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
To excel at writing, crystallize intelligence specific to the task, i.e., bolster neuronal connections related to writing and your topic.

Reading to Preschoolers Falls Short on the Road to Literacy

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on December 03, 2015 Once Upon a Child
Why reading to preschoolers falls short on the road to literacy.

Efficacy and Confidence in the Mentally Ill

Common sense, reasoning and emotional intelligence are qualities often diminished in the psychotic mentally ill. The clinician may augment these through psychotherapy.

Dog Training Using Behavior Capture

Behavior capture is a simple and enjoyable way to train dogs and puppies to respond to basic obedience commands.

Does Breastfeeding Boost Intelligence in Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Media Spotlight
Of all the health benefits linked to breastfeeding, its presumed impact on a child's later intelligence is likely the most controversial. A new study shows that that breastfeeding was significantly associated with intelligence at all ages. The link between breastfeeding and intelligence actually rose for children between the ages of seven to sixteen.