Tag Archives: methodology

Correlation Isn’t Causation, Is It?

(Image source) The ever provocative Freddie deBoer explores the relationship between correlation and causation. You know, of course, that the one does not imply the other. DeBoer, however, wants to push your certainty on this point. Are there circumstances under



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The Dangers of Weird Neuroscience

How do psychologists know what they know about human mental processes? Quite often, they run studies to see how people behave: what do they remember? where do they look? what do they choose? how do they describe their thoughts? If



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Exercise and Learning

Does even a short bout of exercise immediately after learning help form long-term memories? A recent article, published by Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, suggests intriguing—even surprising—answer to this question. From a different perspective, this article also offers useful insights



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Early Education Program Evaluation: “Differential Susceptibility” to Success

Show me the Money As most parents, teachers, and education policy folks know well, early childhood education is expensive. Whether federally-funded, state-funded, or family-funded, preschool and structured early care generally operate on a pretty tight budget. They also generally operate



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Using IQ Scores Thoughtfully

Debates about the meaning and value of IQ have long raged; doubtless, they will continue to do so. This article, by a scholar steeped in the field, argues that — even for those who see real benefit in focusing on



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Cool Nerds

If you’re a Learning and the Brain devotee, you may have heard about p-values; you may even have heard about the “p-value crisis” in the social sciences — especially psychology. This white paper by Fredrik deBoer explains the problem, offers some



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“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.”― W. Edwards Deming

Data Informed Instruction Early Steps There are a few key steps to effectively incorporating MBE (Mind, Brain & Education) ideas and concepts into one’s daily teaching routine. The first key is the low hanging fruit, namely, educating oneself on the



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In the News

The controversy over famous patient Henry Molaison — a.k.a. H.M. — is #7 on the Guardian’s list of top science news stories of 2016. In brief: Luke Dittrich has accused memory researcher Suzanne Corkin of several ethical breaches — including



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Reproducing Research Results

This video, from TedEd, helpfully outlines many of the reasons it can be difficult to confirm research done in scientific fields–like neuroscience and psychology. In brief: each research article you read takes a helpful step in a beneficial direction. (Even



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On Average, the Average is Off

  Here’s a potential headline: BOOK ON STATISTICS MAKES GRIPPING READING Or, another: COMMONLY USED SCHOOL METRICS MOSTLY USELESS Or, one more: LIFE STORY OF FUNNY MAN EXEMPLIFIES MORAL IMPERATIVE These headlines, perhaps, leave you deeply skeptical. And yet, Todd



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