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Are students learning as much as they think they are? The dangers of fluent lectures

Think back to a college or high school classroom in a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). Your teacher probably talked most of the time, perhaps using the blackboard, a projector, or demonstrations to illustrate specific points. You mostly took notes and occasionally asked... click to read more

  • Louis Deslauriers | Senior Preceptor at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Logan S. McCarty | Lecturer at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Views 3401
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 22, 2020
How scientists communicate

In this project, we found that authors of psychology journal articles tended to make broad generalizations when describing their research findings. Examples include: "Whites and Blacks disagree about how well Whites understand racial experiences," "Animal, but not human, faces engage the distributed face network in... click to read more

  • Jasmine M. DeJesus | Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  • Maureen A. Callanan | Professor at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • Susan A. Gelman | Professor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 16, 2020
Infants expect leaders to right wrongs

Imagine you observe a conflict between two co-workers, fellow team players, or cousins. Would you be puzzled if their boss, coach, or grandparent (respectively), who witnessed this conflict, did nothing about it? Most of us would answer 'yes' because (1) we identify such figures with... click to read more

  • Maayan Stavans | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cognitive Development Center, Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Views 3284
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 18, 2020
It's not just how the game is played - it's whether you win or lose

Economic inequality has increased in most advanced democracies, raising concerns about the consequences for different facets of social life. Especially noteworthy is whether growing inequality will lead individuals to fight these disparities or if, on the contrary, will facilitate the perpetuation of them. The first... click to read more

  • Mauricio Bucca | Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Mario D. Molina | PhD student at Department of Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Views 3811
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 10, 2020
The genetic metabolic component of anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is the deadliest psychiatric disorder and is notoriously challenging to treat. Currently, no medications are effective in its treatment, in part because we do not have a clear understanding of its biological basis. Despite myriad misconceptions, anorexia nervosa does not discriminate and can... click to read more

  • Zeynep Yilmaz | Assistant Professor at Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  • Cynthia M. Bulik | Distinguished Professor at Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Views 4533
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 27, 2020