The Power of Discord: Why the Ups and Downs of Relationships are the Secret to Building Intimacy, Resilience, and Trust by Ed Tronick and Claudia Gold

The famous, well-replicated “still-face experiment” involves an infant and parent seated facing each other. After a few minutes of play, the parent becomes completely unresponsive and shows a blank face. The infant tries an increasingly dramatic array of tricks to

Have I Been Spectacularly Wrong for Years? New Research on Handwriting and Learning

Long-timer readers know my weakness. I’m usually an easy-going guy. But if you want to see me frantic with frustration, tell me about the superiority of handwriting for taking notes. Here’s the story. Back in 2014, two Princeton researchers did

Meet the Keynotes: Stuart Shanker

What’s the difference between self-control and self-regulation? Dr. Stuart Shanker has written and thought about this topic for years. Here’s his two-minute answer. To dig more deeply into this topic, come meet Dr. Shanker at our online fall conference. You

Meet the Keynotes: Chloé Valdary

“The Theory of Enchantment is a social-emotional learning program that teaches individuals how to develop character, develop tools for resiliency…but more importantly, to learn how to love oneself.” Intrigued? Meet Chloé Valdary in this TedTalk, at at our conference, November 7-8.

“Rich” or “Bland”: Which Diagrams Helps Students Learn Deeply?

Colorful diagrams might raise students’ interest. What do those diagrams do for their learning? Continue reading

Meet the Keynotes: Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

If you’re as excited for our November conference as I am, you might want to know more about our speakers. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is an affective neuroscientist and an educational psychologist. That means: she studies how “children’s emotional and social

“If I Want My Students to Learn Math, Should I Teach Them More Math?”

We all agree, I suspect, that students should learn math. And reading. They should learn history. And science. SO MANY other topics. What’s the best way to meet these goals? If I want my students to learn math, is math

How Psychologists and Teachers Can Talk about Research Most Wisely

Dr. Neil Lewis thinks a lot about science communication: in fact, his appointment at Cornell is in both the Psychology AND the Communications departments. (For a complete bio, click here.) He and Dr. Jonathan Wai recently posted an article focusing on

Hivemind: The New Science of Tribalism in Our Divided World by Sarah Rose Cavanagh, PhD

How do we balance our social, collectivist nature with our individualistic drives? How do technologies, such as smartphones and social media, affect the tension between collectivist and individualist drives? Given that we have become highly individualistic at the expense of

“Before You Change Your Teaching, Change Your Thinking”

When I attended my first Learning and the Brain conference, more than a decade ago, I had a simple plan: Step 1: Listen to the researcher’s advice. Step 2: Do what the researcher told me to do. Step 3: Watch