Essential Reads

Ten Essential Success Hacks That You Won’t Learn in School

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Motivate!
Achieving personal success and financial freedom requires more than knowing facts. Win at life when you master these essential lessons.

Your Brain on Magic

By Jen Kim on June 13, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Do you believe in magic? Here are five reasons you should.

When "Giftedness" Is a Guise for Exclusion

Are we willing to tackle exclusion in the public education system? Not in gifted education, according to a new report.

Consciousness and Information

Our conscious experience contains and depends upon many different kinds of information. What is the relationship between how information is processed and conscious awareness?

More Posts on Intelligence

My Three-Year-Old Failed an Academic Test: Should I worry?

In the early years, ‘school’ should be playful exploration, confidence-building, social development, emotional self-regulation, and play-based skill mastery. NOT drill and grill.

What's Your Omega-3 IQ? A Fun Quiz for a Healthier Brain!

By Georgia Ede MD on March 31, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Find out which foods are secretly sabotaging your best efforts to balance your brain chemistry.

The Split-Brain: An Ever-Changing Hypothesis

In 2005, I created a new split-brain model with my father, Richard Bergland, who was a neuroscientist. Since his death, I've updated these blueprints to reflect the latest science.

Giftedness: A Curse or a Blessing?

Children who show early signs of intellectual giftedness can face life challenges that are often overlooked, misunderstood or dismissed.

Making Sense of FBI Director James Comey's Testimony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 27, 2017 in Spycatcher
Too often we talk about politicians talking to Russian as though there were no threat—there is always a threat with Putin in charge.

The Caring Effect

Great leaders identify, measure, recognize, and reward meaningful efforts and achievements. Why should managers and leaders celebrate more?

Kindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School

No other generation has had to cope with this ever-increasing fund of information. Improved technology and more information has led to more memorization & less meaningful learning.

Want to Avoid Bad Decisions? It’s All About Framing

No one wants to make bad decisions. These tips will help you avoid them.

Using a Process Approach to High Stakes Testing

Worried about a test result? Here's a few things you might want to know.

Tools That Aid Expert Decision Making

Critics want to automate the tasks of experts. Three reasons to keep experts central in decision making: Frontier thinking, social engagement, and responsibility for their actions.

Climate Change, Inequality, and the Singularity

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Boundless
Technology is not a magical solution to all of the world's problems: We need to develop better ethical and political theories and build them into artificial intelligence.
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Intelligent Mud

Emotions make our mud human—sometimes intelligently caring, often charming, on occasion—lovable.

A Crisis of Noise - Messages To/From Our Brains

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
Confusion and overwhelm reign! Our brains are battlegrounds where messages are vying for attention. What can we believe? Our physical, mental, and emotional health are at stake.

Intellectual Bullies: What You Need to Know About Them

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
When we think of childhood bullying, we’re likely to conjure images of a vulnerable child’s being mocked to tears, or having to endure some form of sadistic physical abuse. But...

Kenneth Arrow

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Feeling Smart
From the Impossibility Theorem to Ken's WWII story.

Greed Is Good?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in The Human Beast
Greed is good! Sharing is for Communists and losers! Do such maxims capture the essence of human social behavior?

Trivia Quiz: How Well Do You Know Psychology’s Pioneers?

When he delivered his now classic book to his publisher, which author apologized that it was a "loathsome, distended, tumefied, bloated, dropsical mass?"

Highly Creative People Have Well-Connected Brain Hemispheres

By Christopher Bergland on February 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
People who are highly creative have better connectivity between the left and right brain hemispheres, according to a new study by a team of international researchers.

Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence and Collaboration

There is a strong connection between certain personality traits, emotional intelligence and collaborative potential.
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The Science of Solving Alternative Facts

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Worried about the dominance of "alternative facts" in politics? This article has some tips for solving this problem!
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Could a Zombie Be Elected President?

Can philosophical zombies tell us something about the deep mystery of consciousness?

Why English Is Such a Difficult Language to Learn

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Language in the Mind
Why is English such a difficult language to learn for non-native speakers. We explore some of the peculiarities of English, including baffling spelling, making it tough to learn.

Hiding in Plain Sight

By Michael Gill Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Welcoming Intellectual Disability
Everything you thought you knew about the history of people with disabilities in the United States is wrong.

Your Brain Is A Muscle You Can Strengthen: Here's How

What if I told you that you can rewire your brain no matter your age? A few adjustments can go a long way.

What a Century of Research Reveals About Gifted Kids

What have we learned from the findings of two major longitudinal studies of the gifted that span a century?

What Makes Your Child Happy? Make It Part of Their Education

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
How can we enrich our children’s education to ensure they have the best options available throughout a constantly changing future?

How Sure Are You About Your Memories?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Your memories may be lying to you! This article helps you be honest with yourself.

Does Torture Work?

Surveying professional interrogators in the USA and other countries reveals that ‘rapport-based’ interrogation techniques are viewed as generally the most effective, not torture.

A Time to Keep Silence

Solitude. Discovering the essential nature of one's individuality.

"The Dunning-Kruger President"

By William Poundstone on January 21, 2017 in Head in the Cloud
The Internet is calling Donald Trump the Dunning-Kruger President. Here's the science behind the term.