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Seeing exemplary peer work can undermine performance From academic honors to “employee of the month” awards, we are regularly exposed to and made aware of the exemplary performance of others. Many believe such recognition not only acknowledges the individual but also motivates others to strive toward greater achievement. But new research suggests that exposure to exceptional performance can sometimes have the opposite [...]
Research links prenatal stress to babies’ health in war zones Children from war-torn areas of the globe are affected by trauma even before they are born, according to a new University of Florida study. To gather their results, researchers went to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region routinely called “the worst place in the world” to be a woman, said Darlene A. Kertes, [...]
7 Tips to Help Someone Else Change a Habit In my book Better Than Before, I write about the many strategies that we can use to make or break our habits. There’s a big menu of choices, which is great, because it means that we all have a variety from which to pull. Some strategies … ...
Here is what goes wrong in the brain when someone can’t spell By studying stroke victims who have lost the ability to spell, researchers have pinpointed the parts of the brain that control how we write words. In the latest issue of the journal Brain, Johns Hopkins University neuroscientists link basic spelling difficulties for the first time with damage to seemingly unrelated regions of the brain, shedding [...]
First-semester GPA a better predictor of college success than ACT score Underrepresented students’ first-semester GPA may be a better predictor of whether they’ll graduate college than their ACT score or their family’s socioeconomic status, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Illinois tracked the academic achievement and degree status of more than 1,900 U. of I. freshmen across a six-year period, beginning when the [...]
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