Retrieval Grids: The Good, the Bad, and the Potential Solutions

“Retrieval grids” promote retrieval practice — that’s good! But they might lead to working-memory overload — that’s really bad. Happily, we might be able to solve this problem… Continue reading



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Should Students Exercise DURING Learning? A Twitter Debate Rages…

Does exercise DURING learning help students? Twitter knows the answer to the question quite confidently. Research on the topic, however, invites us to be both cautious and optimistic. Continue reading



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Home News: Rememebring Bruce McEwen

I first heard Dr. Bruce McEwen talk about the neurobiology of stress in 2010. He had won an award (one of a great many) at MIT, and was lecturing on intricate hormonal interactions within the hippocampus. Even before he began



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An Unexpected Strategy to Manage Student Stress

We might be inclined to reassure our anxious students, and advise them to “remain calm.” This research, however, suggests a surprising alternative. Continue reading



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Starting the Year Just Right: Healthy Skepticism

Adults prefer natural settings to urban ones. We can easily imagine an evolutionary explanation for that preference. But: do children share it? Continue reading



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Home News

Congratulations to one-time Learning and the Brain blogger, Dr. Kate Mills. The Association for Psychological Science has named her a “Rising Star” for her “innovative work [that] has already advanced the field, and signals great potential for [her] continued contributions.” Dr.



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How Best to Achieve our New Year’s Resolutions

Psychology research can help us accomplish our New Year’s resolutions, even if we’re offered tempting cake. Continue reading



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“Educating Anxious Brains”: Digging Deeper

I wrote two weeks ago about our first 2020 education conference: Educating Anxious Brains, in San Francisco — February 14-16. As you saw in that post, educators have lots to concern us: trauma & stress, and their effects on minds and



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Battles Worth Fighting: “What the Academy Taught Us”

A recent book on changing school systems offers valuable advice to teachers interested in psychology and neuroscience research. Continue reading



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How to Find Happiness

At this time of year, we can easily get distracted by things. If I have the right stuff — not the John Glenn kind of “right stuff,” but the right objects — then I’ll feel better about my life and



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