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5 myths surrounding learning

With the school year in full force it would make sense to eliminate some common myths about your student’s learning brain.  Myth Number One: According to brain researchers most attempts to motivate students to “try harder” do not light up unused neural circuits; academic achievement does not improve by simply [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Are students being taught the best learning strategies?

Recent research has examined which studying techniques produce the best results.

By | April 15th, 2015|0 Comments

School success: Ability or effort?

Is school success determined by ability? Effort? Or both?

By | February 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Common Core standards’ impact on learning retention

With the advent of Common Core standards, many teachers are trying to decipher how it will impact their students’ learning retention skills.

By | January 27th, 2015|0 Comments

The (World Series champion) Giants’ Brain?

What are the motivating factors to the fantastic success of the Giants at their World Series playoffs:  experience, leadership, athletic skill? The one angle that is not being addressed has to do with the function of the players’ brains when concerned with the perception of winning or losing. For example, [...]

By | November 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Global warning, not just global warming

Every generation has its challenges. In the '30’s and '40’s it was the Great Depression. In the '60’s, it was the Vietnam War.  For today’s generation of students it should be global warning and not just global warming.  Unfortunately, global warming is something long term and not in your face [...]

By | October 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Neurofeedback and the Learning Brain

One of the greatest problems confronting parents and teachers in dealing with your child’s learning brain is the array of choices one faces when dealing with underachievement and/or a learning disorder. Intensive tutoring, medication and/or various other therapies may be  tried with little success. Ultimately, these parents come to me, [...]

By | September 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Throw Like a Girl?

A recent commercial sponsored by Research Now called “throw like a girl” describes how the loss of power (confidence, self esteem) can occur when a girl reaches puberty. According to the commercial, when the interviewer asked girls who had reached puberty to demonstrate what it is like to “throw like [...]

By | August 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Common Core Standards’ Impact on High School Drop Out Rate

We will learn in a year or so whether or not Common Core Standards is a successful program. Particularly, we will discover whether it lowers the consistent (high) school drop out rate, which can run between 45 and 55% respectively (inner city) or if the program has raised the drop [...]

By | July 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Understanding Your Child’s Leisure Brain

One of the least discussed yet critical causes for student success in school is the ability of a child to experience what brain scientist’s call the leisure brain. This condition of the brain occurs when a student’s brain can breathe in a relaxed manner, taking in impressions with no pressure. [...]

By | May 21st, 2014|0 Comments