Monthly Archives: May 2016

3 Strategies for Giving Yourself a Smarter Pep Talk

“I am a lean, mean, mathing machine.”  In college, I’d repeat this phrase to myself, muttering under my breath before every calculus exam. This mantra reminded me that I was tough, prepared, and capable of setting aside my nerves. People

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Studying Mindfulness: An Interview with a Scientist on the Frontlines of Meditation Research

Dr. Sara Lazar began a yoga and mindfulness practice after a sports injury in the 1990s. Mindfulness – a practice rooted in Eastern philosophy of tuning into the body, mind, and environment – is quickly gaining credibility in the research

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Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene

“We should simply try to make the world as happy as possible” (P.333). That this principle might serve as a universal moral philosophy is one of the central claims in Joshua Greene’s book, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap

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The Clash of Brain Development and Classroom Technology

“He makes bad decisions regarding iPad use.” “She gets distracted by her iPad….” “He gets sucked into the iPad….” As an educator, I’ve seen and heard many comments like these from teachers about our mutual students. This trend has multiplied

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The Waiting Game: Why Students Procrastinate and What To Do About It

Ah, April what a beautiful time of year! We have all heard the jingle: April showers bring May…test preparation?! Yes, that’s right, it’s that time of year again for students and teachers in high schools and colleges across the country.

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The Neuroscience of Standardized Test-Taking

It’s no secret that the American education system is saturated with standardized tests. As of 2016, the average student in America takes a staggering 112 mandatory standardized tests before graduating high school. This averages out to be eight a year

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