Human Development & Learning

By azboudreau | Exploring issues related to affect, cognition, biology, learning...

10 Surprising Facts About How Our Brains Work

One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually do.<p>On many occasions I find myself …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information<p>I once caught an 11th-grader who snuck a cheat sheet into the final exam.<p>At first, he tried to shuffle it under some scratch paper. When I cornered him, he shifted tactics. "It's my page of equations," he told me. …

How to Make School Better for Boys

Start by acknowledging that boys are languishing while girls are succeeding.<p>I recently appeared on MSNBC’s <i>The Cycle</i> to discuss the new edition of my book <i>The War Against Boys</i>. The four hosts were having none of it. A <i>war</i> on <i>boys</i>? They countered with the wage gap and the prominence of men across the …

There's No Such Thing As "Right-Brained"

New research blasts the belief that one side of your brain is dominant<p>If you’ve always operated under the assumption that you’re either right-brained or left-brained, get ready to have your mind blown: One side of your brain isn’t dominant over the other, according to new research out of the …

Memories are made of this

I was recently invited to a screening of the film Upstream Colour, and lead a discussion of the scientific elements of the film afterwards. It's an excellent film, but challenging. Spoiler warnings are irrelevant; I could describe in detail the exact sequence of events in the film and you'd still …