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Finding Meaning in Visuals

When you open your eyes, where do they focus? Presumably, your eyes automatically turn to the part of the visual field that stands out the most: the bright red door, the tower jutting up from the cliff, the sharp angle

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Neuroscience and Neuromyths

Does neuroscience education help reduce a teacher’s belief in neuromyths? According to this recent study: not as much as we would like. In some cases, neuroscience education does help teachers. For instance, 59% of the general public falsely believe that

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Lefty or Righty?

You’ve surely heard about students being left-brained or right-brained. And: you’ve probably heard that this belief is a myth. The folks over at Ted Ed have made a helpful video explaining the genesis of this belief, and the ways that

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Out with the Old…

Articles about learning styles theory–including my own–typically focus on debunking the theory. This article, over at The Learning Scientists, takes a different approach: it chooses specific parts of learning styles theory, and shows how each small part derives from another–more

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Good News ! (?) College Profs Don’t Use the Untrue Learning Styles Theory That They Nonetheless Believe

This story offers both good and bad news: I’ll let you sort out whether there’s more good than bad… The bad news: according to a just-published study, 58% of college professors in Britain believe in learning styles theory. This belief persists

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Don’t Take the Bait

Some days I wonder if I have linked to too many articles debunking claims about “brain training games.” Invariably, as soon as this thought crosses my mind, I hear another advertisement for Lumosity, and I realize that I haven’t linked to

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Neuromyth or Neurotruth?

In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, I thought it would be fun to consider several of the false — even foolish — beliefs that people often have about brains. Take a look at the six statements below and judge

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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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Power Poses: Meh

This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education explains many reasons to doubt much-hyped research into–among other things–the “Wonder Woman Pose.”

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