What motivates children or any of us to learn? Emotional connections, rewards, and personal satisfaction all are key. Can we improve learning by enriching these parts of our lives?

A Teacher’s Sense of Humor

When asked to list qualities they want in a teacher, students tend to give high ratings to a sense of humor and fairness—but they typically find it difficult to define these qualities. It seems a matter of recognizing something when...
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A Conversation With Robert Sapolsky

I first met Robert Sapolsky years ago at a research conference. My first impression was that he was quiet... too quiet. In a crowded hotel lobby with hundreds of scientists busily jabbering about themselves and their research, he seemed almost...
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The Pleasure Principle: Connections between Reward and Learning

For centuries, scientists and philosophers alike have tried to understand why human beings consistently make choices that are not in our best interests. For example, the serious health risks from smoking are well known, but that does not stop millions...
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What is Emotional Intelligence?

The emotional intelligence revolution has already impacted the education and corporate worlds. Is it possible that it is the answer we've been waiting for? IQ's Shortcoming If there is anything close to a consensus in the understanding of intelligence, it...
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The Emotional Brain

Find out what goes on to create human perception and experiences of emotion -- and why? Emotions as they are experienced can be broken into three categories: primary emotions, secondary emotions, and background emotions. Primary emotions are experienced as a...
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