Neuroscience

Discovering How to Learn Smarter

Discovering How to Learn Smarter

| February 2, 2012 | 6 Comments

Getty By Annie Murphy Paul It’s not often that a story about the brain warms the heart. But that’s exactly what happened to me when I read an article last month in the Washington Post. It’s about how teachers in many schools in the D.C. area are foregoing empty praise of the “Good job!” variety, […]

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Scratching that (Incessant) Technology Itch

Scratching that (Incessant) Technology Itch

| November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lenny Gonzales Our love-hate relationship with technology is the subject of research psychologist Dr. Larry D. Rosen’s new book iDisorder. From his perspective, “tech gadgets and applications are turning us into basket-cases suffering from versions of obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention-deficit syndrome,” according to a recent HechingerEd blog. Rosen also spoke at last year’s Learning & […]

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How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

| February 23, 2011 | 15 Comments

Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology — whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games – and usually more than one at a time. That’s a big chunk of their 15 or 16 waking hours. But does that spell doom for the next generation? Not […]

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Don’t Throw Away That Pencil Yet!

Don’t Throw Away That Pencil Yet!

| October 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Popular wisdom might tell us that learning how to write by hand — creating letters and shapes — is an anachronism in the age of keyboards and touchscreens, but a Wall Street Journal article and accompanying blog beg to differ. Highlights from the article: “The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea […]

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Digital Devices: Blaming the Messenger?

Digital Devices: Blaming the Messenger?

| August 26, 2010 | 2 Comments

Flickr: CogDogBlog Busy people with busy lives depend on their mobile devices to connect them to the many obligations they’re accountable for: responding to emails, remembering appointments, checking in with family and friends. A New York Times article, “Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime,” argues that spending every spare minute — whether it’s standing […]

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