How the Brain Learns a Second Language

How the Brain Learns a Second Language

Whether or not we agree philosophically with the concept of...
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Is Proficiency Testing Assessing the Real Thing?

Is Proficiency Testing Assessing the Real Thing?

Christy Bosch, curriculum coordinator at Ohio's Logan-Hocking School District, is...
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Playing the Piano Might Make You Smarter

Playing the Piano Might Make You Smarter

We've seen no small amount of hoopla over the suggestion,...
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A Conversation With Robert Sapolsky

A Conversation With Robert Sapolsky

I first met Robert Sapolsky years ago at a research...
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When Educators Interpret Cognitive Neuroscience Research

When Educators Interpret Cognitive Neuroscience Research

Cognitive neuroscientists and educators observe our brain differently, and this...
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Reading Gets a C+

Reading Gets a C+

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a national...
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Sleeping In: Teens’ Circadian Clocks Keep Their Own Time. Should Schools Adapt?

Sleeping In: Teens’ Circadian Clocks Keep Their Own Time. Should Schools Adapt?

"There are always some students who can't get the motor...
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Take Two: Lessons Learned from Twins Research

Take Two: Lessons Learned from Twins Research

Few scenarios have seemed more promising for the unraveling of...
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Human Scale, Curiosity, and Technological Extensions: Part 2

Human Scale, Curiosity, and Technological Extensions: Part 2

Last month's column described a dilemma that our curious brain...
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Brainy Figuring

Brainy Figuring

In pondering the possible relations between inventive thought in mathematics...
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The Pleasure Principle: Connections between Reward and Learning

The Pleasure Principle: Connections between Reward and Learning

For centuries, scientists and philosophers alike have tried to understand...
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Afraid to Leave Mom: Separation Anxiety in Children

Afraid to Leave Mom: Separation Anxiety in Children

Many children eagerly enter their first classroom excited and a...
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Human Scale, Curiosity, and Technological Extensions: Part 1

Human Scale, Curiosity, and Technological Extensions: Part 1

We necessarily function at a human ability scale when we...
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No Learning without Peace

No Learning without Peace

In the relatively short time since the massacre at Columbine...
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Brain Development Study May Provide Some Help for Educators

Brain Development Study May Provide Some Help for Educators

It is well known that, compared to adults, children tend...
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Alcohol on the Mind: The Effects of Drinking on the Adolescent Brain

Alcohol on the Mind: The Effects of Drinking on the Adolescent Brain

Scientists have noted over the years a litany of consequences...
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Looking at Autism from the Inside

Looking at Autism from the Inside

Among teachers, parents, and therapists who are interested in autism,...
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