You Still Need Your Brain

May 22nd, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Most adults recall memorizing the names of rivers or the Pythagorean theorem in school and wondering, “When am I ever gonna use this stuff?” Kids today have a high-profile spokesman. Jonathan Rochelle, the director of Google’s education apps group, said last year at an industry conference that he “cannot answer” why his children should learn the quadratic equation. He wonders why they cannot “ask Google.” … Continue reading

Learning to Think Like a Computer

April 27th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

It’s obvious that computers have become indispensable problem-solving partners, not to mention personal companions. But it’s suddenly not enough to be a fluent user of software interfaces. Understanding what lies behind the computer’s seeming magic now seems crucial. In particular, “computational thinking” is captivating educators, from kindergarten teachers to college professors, offering a new language and orientation to tackle problems in other areas of life. … Continue reading

Training Your Brain So That You Don’t Need Reading Glasses

April 6th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

By middle age, the lenses in your eyes harden, becoming less flexible. Your eye muscles increasingly struggle to bend them to focus on this print… But a new form of training — brain retraining, really — may delay the inevitable age-related loss of close-range visual focus so that you won’t need reading glasses. Read full article: The New York Times, “Training Your Brain So That … Continue reading

Texas School Triples Recess Time, Solves Attention Deficit Disorder

March 20th, 2017 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD, Uncategorized

Public education is more stressful than ever for our children, as standardized testing requirements increase and programs like art, music and physical education are being phased out. The result of this type of environment is predictable, and the medical establishment and big pharma are making a killing by drugging active children with ADHD medications – but one Texas school district is challenging that status quo. … Continue reading

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

March 16th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol. Read full article: The New York Times, “Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?”

Don’t set goals for yourself—instead, create systems that make it easy for you to succeed

January 23rd, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

I devised my own system to help me lead a life that’s in keeping with my values. I call it my Intentionality Dashboard…I created the dashboard because I’d found that it was hard to stick to goals like “eat healthier” or “exercise more” on their own; to make these kinds of changes, I needed a specific plan of action. Read Full Article: Quartz, “Don’t set … Continue reading

How to Become a ‘Superager’

January 16th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Think about the people in your life who are 65 or older. Some of them are experiencing the usual mental difficulties of old age, like forgetfulness or a dwindling attention span. Yet others somehow manage to remain mentally sharp. Read Full Article: The New York Times, “How to Become a ‘Superager’”

The Power of Concentration

January 9th, 2017 - By jen in Psychotherapy, Uncategorized

Though the concept originates in ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese traditions, when it comes to experimental psychology, mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way. Read Full Article: The New York Times, “The Power of Concentration”

You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

January 3rd, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

The human brain reaches its adult volume by age 10, but the neurons that make it up continue to change for years after that. The connections between neighboring neurons get pruned back, as new links emerge between more widely separated areas of the brain. Read Full Article: The New York Times, “You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.”