ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew began his classroom life as a high-school English teacher in 1988, and has been working in or near schools ever since. In 2008, Andrew began exploring the practical application of psychology and neuroscience in his classroom. In 2011, he earned his M. Ed. from the “Mind, Brain, Education” program at Harvard University. As President of “Translate the Brain,” Andrew now works with teachers, students, administrators, and parents to make learning easier and teaching more effective. He has presented at schools and workshops across the country; he also serves as an adviser to several organizations, including “The People’s Science.” Andrew's Book-- Learning Begins: The Science of Working Memory and Attention for the Classroom Teacher--will be available in March of 2017.
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Let Sarah-Jayne Blakemore sort it all out for you in this introductory Ted Talk from 2012.
Is a man’s amygdala larger than a woman’s? And: why does it matter? The amygdala is central to neural networks that process strong negative emotions: especially fear and anger. Because psychological studies have shown gender differences in the expression of
Research into the benefits of bilingualism has gotten lots of attention in recent years. For example, some scholars argue that being bilingual protects our cognitive dexterity as we age. However, a recent study suggests a potential downside for bilinguals. Folke et.
For every enthusiastic voice championing the use of laptops in classrooms, we hear equally skeptical claims. College professors, in particular, have been increasingly vocal about banning distractions to ensure that students stay focused. James M. Lang–a professor of English, who
Russell Poldrack reviews Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans: How fMRI Reveals What Really Goes on in our Minds, by Barbara J. Sahakian and Julia Gottwald. As Poldrack emphasizes, it’s falling-off-a-log easy to overestimate the power of fMRI: in fields such
Nancy Kanwisher asks: is the brain like a kitchen knife, or is it like a Swiss Army knife? That is: is it one big all-purpose instrument that we use to accomplish many different tasks? Or, is it made up of many
At EdSurge News, Sydney Johnson ponders neurotransmitters, social development, and the marvelous Mary Helen Immordino-Yang.
This open letter–signed by many psychologists and neuroscientists well-known to LaTB audiences–argues that current panic about “screen time” isn’t based on evidence. The authors argue that guidelines ought to be based on clearer thinking and deeper research.
In at least this one college classroom, non-academic laptop use is inversely related to performance on the final exam. Of course: school teachers may be able to supervise and control our students’ activities while using computers. In other words: this study
Here’s a mental puzzle to start off your day: Imagine you’ve got 17 sheep and four pens to put them in. Just for fun, you decide to put an odd number of sheep in each pen. How would you proceed?