Bill Gates just wrote 7 pages worth of predictions about how AI will change our lives. I’m not an expert on AI, but if his predictions are as good as his educational knowledge, I’m not sure if all of this will happen. No, I’m not talking about all the failures of the Gates foundation in… Read More Just because you’re one of the wealthiest people on earth doesn’t mean you know your science (Bill Gates, learning styles and more)
During ‘The Great Consciousness Debate’ at the 25th meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) in Amsterdam, proponents of 4 theories of consciousness took center stage to discuss the ins-and-outs of their theories: Steve Fleming defending Higher Order Thought theory (HOT) Stanislas Dehaene defending Global Neuronal Workspace theory (GNWT) Victor Lamme… Read More A 2.5 hour debate on the different theories on consciousness
This study shares practical insights that sometimes have been known for a while in the science of science communication, such as the importance of language that is easier to process, which can encourage continued reading. But the study also adds some other elements that can help to keep reading: a language that evokes anxious, exciting,… Read More How language shapes attention
The Flynn effect is… …the substantial and long-sustained increase in both fluid and crystallized intelligence test scores that were measured in many parts of the world over the 20th century. (Wikipedia) But there is also such a thing as the reverse Flynn effect, which describes a decline in intelligence. And this seems to have been… Read More New data shows again the reverse Flynn-effect
This is an interesting paper that I’ve found via this tweet: Psychologists have posited hundreds of cognitive biases over the years. A new paper argues that they all boil down to one of a handful of fundamental beliefs coupled with confirmation bias. https://t.co/bDDmNftq7M pic.twitter.com/6jEgsYp9CA — Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) March 18, 2023 Or as Oeberst and… Read More Maybe it’s all just confirmation bias?
The answer is partial yes, as most things are the result of an interaction between genes and the environment. Still, a new Harvard study by Jennifer Zuk and colleagues has examined the neurobiological predispositions for musical talent — in infancy. These are their findings in short taken from the press release: Early aspects of brain… Read More Is musical ability already programmed in the genes?
At first, I thought this study to be very obvious, as this summary is unsurprising: “It makes a big difference whether someone perceives a test as a challenge or a threat. Examiners can have an influence on this.” But luckily, I read on and found the insight mentioned in the title. The following advice is… Read More During tests, feelings of challenge and threat are independent of each other
Last month Peter Gray, David Lancy and David Bjorklund published a commentary in The Journal of Pediatrics, claiming that “Decline in Independent Activity as a Cause of Decline in Children’s Mental Wellbeing: Summary of the Evidence”. I must admit I first started reading before checking who wrote it, but it didn’t take long to guess… Read More Is there a link between the decline of free play and mental issues?
This Dutch research examines how our brain reacts to morally conflicting outcomes during learning. What we do or learn can positively impact us, but at the same time, it can harm others. And also, the opposite can be the case. What happens when ‘people choose their own gain at the expense of others’? This study… Read More How our brain handles morality while learning
This study suggests that it starts at an early age as researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have found that children think more highly of the naturally talented over hard workers, a preference they can carry into adulthood. I wonder whether this is something universal, as the experiments in this… Read More Children think more highly of the naturally talented over hard workers