Use Your Brain or Lose It: A Conversation with Dr. John Ratey

Dr. John Ratey’s most recent book, A User’s Guide to the Brain, is one of the most accessible books available on recent brain research, what it means, and how to best make use of it. Ratey is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the co-author of a number of books, including Shadow Syndromes,…

More Than Just Physical: PE and Cognitive Performance

Like other peripheral courses of study, physical education has recently fallen prey in many school systems to the assessment juggernaut. Under pressure to improve test scores, some schools—particularly those strapped for cash—have had to throw their energy and resources into the sciences, math, and reading, leaving high and dry more “extra-curricular” subjects like the arts,…

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…