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Puzzled by Adolescents? Or, by Adolescence?

Let Sarah-Jayne Blakemore sort it all out for you in this introductory Ted Talk from 2012.



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Does Size Matter?

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



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Research Morsel: a Potential Downside for Bilingualism?

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.



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To Ban or Not to Ban: A Usefully Provocative Answer

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



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Book Review: the Promise and Perils of fMRI

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



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Kitchen Knives and Face Blindness: An fMRI story

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



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What do teachers need to know about neurons?

At EdSurge News, Sydney Johnson ponders neurotransmitters, social development, and the marvelous Mary Helen Immordino-Yang.



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Parenting Matters, and Earlier than You Think

Studies of neglect and maltreatment of young children have revealed a lot about early brain development (e.g., Cicchetti, 2002; Nelson, 2000). These studies have highlighted that experiences in the first years of life can have profound implications across the lifespan.



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“Screen Time”: Content and Context Matter

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.



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Laptops in the Classroom: The Debate Continues…

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



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