This study actually answers a question that I’ve had for quite a while: how come some ideas move through academia even if they’re not that good, while great insights sometimes seem to take ages to get around. This new study from Allison Morgan and her colleagues suggests something that is both close related to epidemiology and… Read More Going viral… in academia? Prestige rules most of the time
This Twitter-rant is too good not to share here (H/T Tim van der Zee): This whole paragraph (Gardner, 2011, p. xix) is a train wreck of scientific logic. Basically, Gardner says because he doesn't want to be a psychometrician, he doesn't have to gather data to multiple intelligences… and the theory isn't testable anyway.#psychology pic.twitter.com/WidBCBcqqb… Read More A dissection of Howard Gardner’s Frames
As professional myth busters, Paul, Casper and myself are always interested in how to beat them. This new study confirms and at the same time nuances a previous insight: those on the fence about an idea can be swayed after hearing facts related to the misinformation. Do note that as often is the case: this study… Read More More research on how to dispel myths: redirect
There is a new interesting study published in Frontiers on how the believe in neuromyths doesn’t seem to matter as the best teachers believe as much in neuromyths as regular teachers. You can check the study here and read a good analysis by Christian Jarrett at BPS Digest here. Ok, I want to add maybe… Read More What if this study is correct and believing in neuromyths doesn’t matter?
I just received a notice from a preprint from a new review study on learning styles by Francisco Jose Álvarez-Montero Hiram Reyes Sosa María G Leyva-Cruz and they add an interesting element to the learning styles discussion. Besides the knowledge that adapting to learning styles – and by extension multiple intelligences – doesn’t work and… Read More Why it’s improbable that adapting to learning styles will ever work (new review)
It’s a myth we already discussed in our first book on myths about learning and education, but people keep dreaming of learning in our sleep. This new study gives more insights about what is and isn’t possible: while the human brain is still able to perceive sounds during sleep, it is unable to group these sounds… Read More Our learning capabilities are limited during slow wave sleep… (no, really)