Maybe it’s not the smartphone: study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes

It’s an often repeated claim, but it seems hard to proof: our smartphones seem not to be the reason some of our children feel worse. From the press release: A new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and online is not that bad.… Read More Maybe it’s not the smartphone: study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes

How do teacher-student interactions affect emotions and behaviors? (Best Evidence in Brief)

Another kind of study in the latest Best Evidence in Brief: A study published in PLOS ONE examined how classroom environment shapes the emotions and behaviors of students. Using a sample of Chinese students, JianaWang and colleagues examined the association between classroom environment and emotional and behavioral problems across different school stages, while also considering the… Read More How do teacher-student interactions affect emotions and behaviors? (Best Evidence in Brief)

Great stories can increase the persuasiveness of weak facts, but also… decrease the persuasiveness of strong facts

Just google storytelling and you’ll find a lot of links stressing the importance of a good story in a presentation. Most TED-talks will have one or two great stories. But what is the effect of those stories on the persuasiveness of facts? A new study shows something very interesting. Oh, I omitted that funny story… Read More Great stories can increase the persuasiveness of weak facts, but also… decrease the persuasiveness of strong facts

A different kind of result: Facebook can help college students with lower confidence build relationships

The past few years we saw many negative effects of Facebook, but not all is negative. In short: Type of friends affects building social capital via Facebook and traditional media. Facebook compensates for traditional media with friends from high school. With college friends, those with lower self-efficacy gain more from Facebook. With college friends, those… Read More A different kind of result: Facebook can help college students with lower confidence build relationships

What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

This is the kind of study that can give people some itchy feelings. We’ve known that early behavior can predict later success, remember the famous Marshmallow experiment, but those studies often had limitations. Was it caused by innate intelligence? Was it caused by the family background? This new study claims to have bypassed these limitations… Read More What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

Again: possible effects of early-life challenges

Some of these insights are maybe not new but worth repeating: experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, can affect executive function and lead to changes in a child’s brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones. From the press release: Adversity early in life tends to affect a child’s… Read More Again: possible effects of early-life challenges

A link between hearing large amounts of adult speech as toddler and better cognitive skills.

This is a kind of follow up on the infamous 30 million word gap, and a sad one to be frank, as this has identified a link between kids who hear high quantities of adult speech and better nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness.. With a novel way to make sure the… Read More A link between hearing large amounts of adult speech as toddler and better cognitive skills.

New very interesting research on ‘bullshitters’, based on PISA-data

I found this new study by John Jerrim, Phil Parker and Nikki Shure through a tweet by Christian Bokhove.  Before you get offended by the concept of ‘bullshitters’, first let me explain to you what is meant by it: Bullshitting is a well-known social phenomenon. It can be summarised as a situation where an individual… Read More New very interesting research on ‘bullshitters’, based on PISA-data

The possible lasting effect of bullying: school bullying increases chances of mental health issues and unemployment in later life

As a victim of bullying when I was a kid, I’m so happy that being bullied doesn’t mean by definition you’ll end up in misery in later life, but this new study does suggest the chances for negative influences on later life do increase. Do note, that as it’s a study presented at a conference,… Read More The possible lasting effect of bullying: school bullying increases chances of mental health issues and unemployment in later life