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Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost Many new parents still think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn’t be challenged to do things that they’re not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under their own power, without any “helpful” nudges, and they shouldn’t support their weight before they can stand or walk on their own. They mustn’t be potty trained before they are ready for it.
Life 2.0: Coping with Divorce If there was one thing in my life I knew for certain, it was that my wife and I were going to be together forever. That was until Christmas Eve 2014 when suddenly my life was turned upside down and the previously inconceivable idea that … ...
Overcoming Perfectionism Perfectionism affects many people in our society, for many reasons. Some have been raised to believe that the way to win approval from others is to “succeed” by doing everything perfectly; this is a “performance based” view of relationships.  Others have placed perfection upon themselves … ...
The Unexpected Sign You Are A Good Conversationalist How your eye contact signals whether you are a good conversationalist. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
How to be thin Thinness, just as fatness, is a lifestyle. In order to develop a thin lifestyle, it helps to develop thin habits.  This involves doing what thin people do and thinking like thin people think. If this is something you haven’t done before than it might be … ...
Wine, Women, and Sweet Siren Songs Are you chained to sweetened soft drinks?
Imprinted Genes and Infant Temperament: First Findings The first study to compare expression of imprinted genes with measures of infant temperament yields encouraging results for the imprinted brain theory.
Choice, Indecision, and Guilt Any time we make a choice, we choose one thing and not another. One path is taken; another is abandoned. One choice lives, another dies. Why do I say dies? The Latin root of “decide” is “de-cidere.” The meaning of “cidere” is “to kill,” as … ...
Number One New Years Phone Resolution OK here comes the list for me and all my teenage clients and friends… 1. Stop checking to see where your friends are. Why? Because feeling excluded reinforces your negativity … ...
Black Belt Listening Linda:  Happy couples are skilled in the art of attentive listening. They allow themselves to be penetrated by each other’s words and feelings. They don’t simply receive the information, but … ...
The Disappearance of the Schizoid Personality Why do some people stay home alone on New Year's Eve? Examining motivation for social isolation and its diagnostic implications.
Our Best Education Articles of 2016 It was a great year for the Greater Good Science Center’s Education program. Hundreds of teachers attended our annual Summer Institute for Educators, and we reached hundreds of thousands more through workshops, talks, partnerships, and, of course, articles in Greater Good magazine. Here’s our list of the twelve best, based on a composite ranking of pageviews and editors’ picks. How to Help Diverse Students Find Common Ground, by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: What are the principles that promote a truly inclusive university? Here are eight. The Trouble with Trigger Warnings, by Mariah Flynn: Can educators warn students about troubling content without discouraging class participation? Here are some tips. Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias, by Jill Suttie: We’re all subject to bias. Here are tips to help teachers treat all of their students with dignity and care. How to Bring SEL to Students with Disabilities, by David Lichtenstein: Social-emotional learning programs have not traditionally targeted students with psychiatric or developmental disabilities. Here’s why they should. Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers, by Shuka Kalantari: One Berkeley preschool is baking empathy into its curriculum—and for good reason. How Teachers Can Help Students Who Fail in Class to Succeed at Life, by Mark Katz: There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help? Why Don’t Students Take Social-Emotional Learning Home?, by Vicki Zakrzewski: New research suggests we need to take account of how diverse groups of students view and apply SEL skills. What if Schools Taught Kindness? by Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook: Lessons from creating a “kindness curriculum” for young students. How to Stop the Culture of Complaining at Schools, by Owen Griffith: Fourth-grade teacher Owen Griffith offers practical ways to turn schools and classrooms into no-complaint zones. Five Ways to Help Misbehaving Kids, by Stuart Shanker: Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution. How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever, by Vicki Zakrzewski: It’s so hard to be humble. Here are three tips for taming your ego. This should be read with a companion piece targeted at education leaders, How to Cultivate Humble Leadership. Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose, by Patrick Cook-Deegan: Many students go through high school bored and unengaged. Patrick Cook-Deegan explains what a purpose-driven curriculum would look like.
When Parenting Gets the Best of You You are the parent of adorable little kids whom you dearly love. Though most of the time you enjoy being with them, there are those other moments when you don’t. Indeed, the truth of your darkest moments may be hard for you to accept. An … ...
Should Your Patients Stop Using Caffeine? If your patients are like most people, they knock down a couple hundred milligrams of caffeine a day.  Whether this is excessive is in the eyes of the drinker….or the experts.  Some experts believe caffeine should be limited to less than one caffeinated beverage a … ...
Study: Moral foundations predict willingness to take action to avert climate change A person’s moral foundations influences their willingness to take personal action to fight climate change, according to research published in PLoS One. Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory is a pluralistic model that identifies moral factors that can influence human motivation. The theory posits five moral foundations: compassion/harming, fairness/cheating, ingroup-loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion, and sanctity/degradation. The study found [...]
Study: Gender inequality increases gender gap in sustained attention control Places with less gender equality tend to have a larger gender gap when it comes to attentional control, according to research published in PLoS One. The study of 11,612 men and 9,872 women from 41 countries found that gender variations in sustained attention control were closely tied to gender equality. Sustained attention control is the [...]
Genital dissatisfaction linked to reduce sexual activity in men, study finds New research has found a strong association between genital dissatisfaction and lower sexual activity in men. The nationally-representative study of 4,198 U.S. males aged 18–65 years found less than a quarter of men reported dissatisfaction with their genitals. Among those who did, twenty-seven percent of men were dissatisfied with the size of their flaccid penis, [...]
Setting Genuinely Meaningful Resolutions When we start a new year, we often feel a whole lot of pressure. After all, we’ve “indulged” for the past few months or weeks. We’ve “given in” to our … ...
The Challenge to Be Kinder in 2017 Feeling like the world is getting meaner? Here's a few tips to keep kindness a priority in 2017.
Resolutions Don’t Work — Use This Method Instead A new year is here and you’re probably mapping out what you want to accomplish in 12 months ahead. Whether you’re resolving to leave your dead-end job, speak up more in meetings or finally get started on the side projects you’ve been putting off, there’s … ...