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Interested in Action Research? Try This Instead

We don’t do a lot of cross posting here at Learning and the Brain. I believe this is the first time we’ve done so while I’ve been editor. I think the initiative below is very exciting, and you — Learning



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How Does Self-Control Really Work? Introducing a Debate

You’d like to know how researchers think about self-control, but don’t know where to begin? Begin here… Continue reading



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Does Smartphone Addiction Boost Anxiety and Depression?

Despite all the scary headlines, research on cell-phone usage relies on self-report. And: people are very bad at remembering how much they actually use their phones. We simply don’t yet know much from research about their effects. Continue reading



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Today’s Unpopular Research Finding: Potential Perils of Mindfulness

New research suggests that mindfulness may lead to “particularly unpleasant” experiences for many practitioners. This research is in early stages, but we should consider its implications in school mindfulness programs. Continue reading



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A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Confusing

All too often, psychology discussions use confusing — or worse, deliberately cheerful — terminology. Teachers should seek out direct and neutral terms to simplify and clarify our discussions. Continue reading



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Praising Researchers, Despite Our Disagreements

This blog often critiques the hype around “brain training.” Whether Lumosity or Tom Brady‘s “brain speed” promises, we’ve seen time and again that they just don’t hold water. Although I stand behind these critiques, I do want to pause and



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Can Teachers Be Trusted to Evaluate Research?

Too often, teachers hear that our judgment about classroom applications of scientific research isn’t to be trusted. And yet, teacher judgment is essential when applying research in the classroom. Given that psychology research affects classroom practice only when teachers use it, why put down the teachers who are essential partners in this process? Our field should focus not on competition, but on respectful collaboration. Continue reading



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There’s No Polite Way to Say “I Told You So”

Back in 2014, Pam Mueller and Dan Oppenheimer made headlines with their wittily titled study “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard.” In that study, they found that students learn more from taking handwritten notes during a lecture than from



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The Joys (and Stresses) of Teacher/Neuroscientist Collaboration

In an ideal world, teachers and researchers collaborate to bring out the best in each other. So, I might invite Pooja Agarwal to study retrieval practice in my 10th grade English classroom. My students and I benefit because we learn



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Let’s Have More Fun with the Correlation/Causation Muddle

We’ve explored the relationship of correlation and causation before on the blog. In particular, this commentary on DeBoer’s blog notes that — while correlation doesn’t prove causation — it might be a useful first step in discovering causation. DeBoer argues



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