Category Archives: Intelligence

Math Anxiety…And What to Do About It

Without aggressive intervention, the real danger exists that you or someone you love could end up majoring in art history. Continue reading

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Insight Strikes! But Can You Trust It?

Life doesn’t always offer insight. But when it does, it’s probably right. Continue reading

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Study Shows Surprising Skill That Underlies Math and Reading

Kids tend to excel or struggle in math and reading together. That’s because one skill underlies both. Hint: It’s not just general intelligence. Continue reading

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Persistence and Flexibility: A Dual Path to Creativity

If you think broadly enough, you will inevitably happen upon good ideas even among the bad ones. If you think deeply enough, you will eventually dig through mundane ideas and into original ones below. Continue reading

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Is Intrinsic Motivation Essential to School Success?

Big-data study smashes assumptions, shows that kids who are intrinsically motivated by math don’t score any higher than less intrinsically motivated peers. (But that kids who score high on assessments are likely to become intrinsically motivated…) Continue reading

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What Creates the Human Idea of Fairness?

MIT study of Tsimane’ People shows how fairness switches from “egalitarian” (everything split equally) to “merit-based” (more work equals more reward). Continue reading

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Surprise Winner In Study Of Old vs. Young Brains

Columbia study show that with the right motivation, healthy older brains may out-learn young ones. Continue reading

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The Surprising Power of an Uncomfortable Brain

We spend so much time sculpting social situations to meet guests’ expectations — Halloween plates on Halloween, pink on Valentine’s Day and a white wedding. This new series of studies shows our brains would all be better off with a little “cultural dysfluency” Continue reading

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Study Shows Powerful Tool to Help Your Child Learn Math

Executive function, school placement, IQ, reading skills, math identity and more: Here’s what matters (and what surprisingly doesn’t!) in improving math skills through elementary and middle school. Continue reading

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How the Snooze Button Chooses Brainwaves for Insight or Energy

To snooze or not to snooze? The answer can determine whether you start the day with energy or insight. Continue reading

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