Yearly Archives: 2015

Starting Early: The Benefits of Teaching Counterintuitive Concepts in Childhood

Science seems to always challenge our intuitive understanding of the world. Even as an adult, I am constantly confronted with new scientific advancements and discoveries that don’t always line up with my preconceived notions. These ideas, be it physics or



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The Lollipop Problem: How Cultural Bias Makes it Harder to Learn

I went to a school in the foothills of the Himalayas in Pakistan. The school consisted mostly of western children of aid workers, which meant that for the majority of my school years my family members were the only students



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Language Nutrition & the Developing Brain

We’re told that a picture is worth a thousand words, but this adage robs words of much-deserved credit. When you’re an infant with a rapidly developing brain, words are one of the most valuable things you can receive. They’re so



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3 Things Neuroscience Teaches Us About the Changing “Teenage Brain”

Adolescence is the period between childhood and adulthood. And though it can stretch into our early twenties, we spend many of these years in high school. This stage of life is marked by increased cognitive abilities, social sensitivity, and agency



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The Dangers of Remembering What You Learned

When teachers say we want our students to learn, we might also say we want them to remember; after all, if I’ve learned something, I can remember it later on. Sadly and surprisingly, there’s a curious danger to remembering: remembering



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Love/Hate: The Long, Complicated Relationship between Research & Education

Anyone who has ever stood in front of a classroom silently praying that their curriculum is engaging, their students are comfortable, and their jokes don’t skip a generation can tell you: Teaching isn’t easy. It’s some secret blend of intuition,



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Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings

Resilience—the ability to recover from a set-back—is one of the most important traits and mindsets to instill in children so that they may thrive in adulthood. This is the theme of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots



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Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence by Laurence Steinberg

Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University, provides a compelling call to action grounded in psychological and neuroscientific research in Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence. Adolescence (roughly defined as ages 10-25) lasts longer than



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Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture, and Wisdom by Darcia Narvaez, PhD

In her 2014 book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture, and Wisdom, Darcia Narvaez aims to increase virtuous morality, empathy, and cooperativeness among adults. Anyone interested in understanding the evolutionary, biological, and social bases of morality or



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The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel, PhD

“I think, therefore I can change what I am.” Walter Mischel, a Columbia University psychology professor renowned for his research about self-control, concludes his 2014 book, The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control, with this modification to Descartes’ famous proposition. Mischel, the



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