Check this podcast about why a lot of children can’t read: Sold a Story

This is a must-hear podcast about learning how to read – or better how not to learn how to read. There’s an idea about how children learn to read that’s held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on… Read More Check this podcast about why a lot of children can’t read: Sold a Story

“Word and face recognition can be adequately supported with half a brain”

This is the kind of study that leaves you a bit baffled: Can one brain hemisphere perform the functions of the typical two hemispheres? Typically, in adults, there are right and left hemispheric biases for face and word recognition, respectively, a division of labor that emerges over development. Here, face and word recognition were examined… Read More “Word and face recognition can be adequately supported with half a brain”

New meta-analysis has strong critiques on studies on mindset interventions (Jeroen Janssen)

A guest post by Jeroen Janssen from Universiteit Utrecht: According to mindset theory, pupils who have a growth mindset perform better than those with a fixed mindset. Students with a growth mindset believe that their qualities and abilities are not fixed but can improve through practice and effort, for example. This theory has led to… Read More New meta-analysis has strong critiques on studies on mindset interventions (Jeroen Janssen)

Who can you convince with scientific evidence? And who not?

This new study aims to predict which people will change their minds about contentious scientific issues when presented with evidence-based information. Quite relevant lately… From the press release: A study in Science Advances presents a framework to accurately predict if a person will change their opinion about a certain topic. The approach estimates the amount of dissonance,… Read More Who can you convince with scientific evidence? And who not?

Probably no surprise here: overconfidence bolsters anti-scientific views

One could describe science as organized scepticism or systematic doubt. So maybe it will not come as a surprise that overconfidence can be linked to anti-scientific views. But because you never can be sure without research and data, a new study examined this claim. From the press release: Historically, the scientific community has relied on… Read More Probably no surprise here: overconfidence bolsters anti-scientific views

Funny on Friday April 1st: this is the best joke I received today and it’s about learning styles!

My friend and co-author Casper Hulshof sent me this one: So pleased to have had my article published toady (and thanks to @Keith_Turvey for the stimulating discussion leading to it). Perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to completely dismiss 'old' theories or myths but instead see what they can still offer. #LearningStyles pic.twitter.com/0LvJWZZYe5 — Sir… Read More Funny on Friday April 1st: this is the best joke I received today and it’s about learning styles!