Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain

August 10th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

The studio for what is arguably the world’s most successful online course is tucked into a corner of Barb and Phil Oakley’s basement…This is where they put together “Learning How to Learn,” taken by more than 1.8 million students from 200 coun­tries, the most ever on Coursera. The course provides prac­tical advice on tack­ling daunting subjects and on beating procras­ti­na­tion, and the lessons engag­ingly blend … Continue reading

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”