ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebecca JM Gotlieb is a doctoral student at the University of Southern California. Her research interests focus on how social, emotional, and moral phenomena affect a person's learning and development on behavioral and neural levels. Rebecca worked at Abt Associate conducting research about teacher professional development and teacher preparation programs with an emphasis on their impact in high needs schools. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College, where she worked also in the Educational Psychology lab. Rebecca has served as a religious educator for four years and is a mentor to and advocate for students with disabilities and health issues.
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Great Myths of Adolescence by Jeremy D. Jewell, Michael I. Axelrod, Mitchell M. Prinstein, and Stephen Hupp
Do you think that teenagers today are lazier, riskier, and more self-absorbed than previous generations? Great Myths of Adolescence by Jeremy D. Jewell, Michael I. Axelrod, Mitchell J. Prinstein, and Stephen Hupp aims to correct that belief. Their book, which will
PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Challenges by Elizabeth Laugeson
Young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically want social relationships but have trouble building them. Extensive social skills training research has been conducted with young children with ASD, but research about social skills training for young adults with ASD is scant.
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One of the most complex unsolved mysteries in science is how the brain produces consciousness. The study of brain disorders not only helps us understand and treat those conditions; it also renders insights into questions about human consciousness, sense of
How often do you read in a deep and sustained way fully immersed, even transformed, by entering another person’s world? In her newest book, Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World,Maryanne Wolf cautions that, the way our
The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-between by Abigail Marsh
Abigail Marsh’s 2017 book , reviews research by her and others showing that extraordinary altruists and psychopaths may be two extremes of a bell-curve of human caring with altruists and psychopaths distinguished by how sensitive they are to feelings of
Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students With Learning Difficulties by Scott Barry Kaufman
Students who have both exceptional talents and learning difficulties have been understudied and underserved in the educational system. Fortunately, Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties helps shed light on this unique and diverse population.
Attack of the Teenage Brain!: Understanding and Supporting the Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner by John Medina
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