I know some fellows who wrote a highly cited article and ditto book about this topic…
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I used to share interesting stuff I read somewhere on this blog. Maybe I should do this again more often. This article in Quanta Magazine is really worth your attention: But a brain map with neat borders is not just oversimplified — it’s misleading. “Scientists for over 100 years have searched fruitlessly for brain boundaries… Read More Very interesting read: The Brain Doesn’t Think the Way You Think It Does
I discovered this poster via a tweet by Steve Stewart-Williams. You can download the poster and more background information here at Geckoboard.
No, I will never get used to this. We first wrote our book in Dutch. This was followed by the extremely popular version in English (with still at least one copy sold every single day, imagine that), a version in Swedish and even a Chinese edition. And now the Spanish version has been published. Muchas… Read More Mitos urbanos sobre aprendizaje y educación (Our first Urban Myths about Learning and Education now available in Spanish)
Maybe this study has to be replicated first, but if true it’s really a sad thing: papers that cannot be replicated are cited 153 times more because their findings are interesting. From the press release: Papers in leading psychology, economic and science journals that fail to replicate and therefore are less likely to be true… Read More This is really, really bad: papers that cannot be replicated are cited 153 times more because their findings are interesting
We have known that merit pay is often an expensive approach with little to no effect. But maybe we should change this view, as this new study shows that it can have a detrimental effect on segregation: Teacher incentive pay programs that focused on raising student achievement in high-need high schools expanded the test score… Read More This study finds that merit pay in education can make segregation worse
Learning styles, don’t get me started… It’s an education myth I’m a bit tired of, and that’s a euphemism. Often when giving talks about urban myths about learning and education I tend to think that everybody already knows that e.g. learning styles have been debunked. Most of the time I have to discover that this… Read More New review shows that learning styles aren’t dead yet… (but says also something important about the research)
I debunked this myth – made popular by Ken Robinson – a long time on this blog, and also more extensively in our first Urban Myths book. This new video uses new research to further debunk this idea. Link to the mentioned study under this video. The summary of the study by Tamara Paulin et… Read More Do schools kill creativity? New research debunks this myth again!
It’s something I’ve head over and over again but that is corrected in this preprint by Cesario, Johnsson & Eisthen from which this is the abstract: A widespread misconception in much of psychology holds that (1) as vertebrate animals evolved, “newer” brain structures were added over existing “older” brain structures and (2) these newer, more… Read More A popular but incorrect idea: our brain is not an onion with a tiny reptile inside