A Marriage of Art and Learning: An Interview with James Catterall

Dr. James Catterall, professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, says that his academic career has taken him down three main paths over the last few decades. The first was the examination of the economics of education, a pursuit that extended naturally from his undergraduate background in economics and from his graduate work at Stanford…

Number Blindness: A Hidden Challenge for Mathematics

Educators often worry that some students just don’t “get” math. In truth, some fundamental difficulties with math may be indicators of mild dyscalculia, or “number blindness.” It’s hard to imagine an aspect of daily life that is not touched by numerical ideas: telephone numbers, street addresses, radio stations, bus schedules, currency, and time all depend…

Can Learning About the Brain Help Schools?

In Scientific American, the distinguished neuroscientist Antonio Damasio reflected on the current state of his field and looked into the future. He suggested that “more may have been learned about the brain and the mind in the 1990’s—the so-called decade of the brain—than during the entire previous history of psychology and neuroscience.” Those of us…

Rising, Down Under

I just spent several days talking with scientists and lecturing in Australia.  The summer months (our winter months) are a wonderful time to travel Down Under.  The cities are lively, the sun is out, and people are in cheerful mood—which is amplified just a little more in Australia than I most places in the world.…

Does Studying Make You Hungrier Than Exercising?

A recent study of college students found that they consumed more food after working on hard test problems than after a bout of running on a treadmill. Study authors suggest that this means that using intense brain power may trigger hunger more than physical exercise. You can learn more about the study here.  Of course,…