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Reality Show Test Anxiety

I was watching one of my favorite shows – Restaurant Impossible – when I saw a textbook case reminder of one of the consequences of high-stakes testing.  First, let me

Thoughts on the Value of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative

The BRAIN Initiative announced recently by President Barack Obama has underscored the importance of better understanding brain-behavior relationships and it holds potential for deeper knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the

Education: A Reality Check

A confluence of four issues in education makes this a perfect time to embark on a journey of bringing neuroscience to the classroom. 1) There is no more money (www.cbo.gov).

Questions to Ask Your Chronically Stressed Students

This morning I sat in two middle-school inner-city classrooms in Indianapolis, as I do most weeks.  But today, something struck me deep in the center of my chest as I

Left-Brained or Right-Brained? You’re Asking the Wrong Question

Earlier this week, I came across a posting on a Linked-In Group I belong to that contained an explanation of the ways that our brains apportion the work we ask them

Cognitive Skills and the Common Core Standards

Teachers, principals and district administrators around the country are fully in the throes of working on the transition to the new Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards, the product

Does Physical Exercise Trump Mental Exercise?

A recent article in Time Health and Family, “Exercise Trumps Brain Games in Keeping our Minds Intact”, reports on the findings from a study in Scotland.  The study compared MRIs

Scientists Can’t Find Specific Genes for IQ

Recent research has shown that, while intelligence is believed to be partly genetic, the specific genes that were thought to be linked to intelligence are not.  And, in fact, of

Working Memory Training That Lasts

Recently the journal Developmental Psychology published a meta-analysis of research on the value of Working Memory Training. A meta-analysis is not original research but combines multiple studies and uses statistical

Helping Homework-Trapped Students

An article in the Washington Post newspaper caught my attention recently.  It talked about “homework-trapped students.”  In the article, Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, a clinical psychologist and author, describes students who

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