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Executive Function

Education: Start Young, Involve Parents, Empower Children and Be Patient

Terry N. Ford | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Terry N. Ford

I'm often asked what works in education. After starting and leading public schools in Texas for nearly four decades, my response is straightforward: Start young, involve parents, empower children in their own development and be patient in fostering their eventual success.

It Ended Before It Began: Criminalizing a Young Brain

Merritt Juliano | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

Trying to identify those circumstances where an 18- to 25-year-old might fairly be treated as a juvenile, difficult though it may be, should be a priority for a modern society, particularly for non-violent offenders with a low outlook for recidivism.

Jacob and Parkinson Doth Protest Too Much: Science Does Link Executive Function and Academic Learning

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Our current educational methods aren't working well: the achievement gap between lower-income and higher-income communities continues to be unacceptably wide and our international rankings are embarrassingly low.

Learning, Playing and Planning for Extraordinary Growth

Susie Wolbe | Posted 06.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

See Jane run. From my early days of learning to read, Dick, Jane, and Spot always seemed to be up to something. Running here and there. Socializing. ...

Psychopath. Successful Psychopath.

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.27.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

The successful psychopath remains something of a scientific enigma. This provisional evidence points to some tantalizing possibilities, but we still do not know for sure why one person with pronounced psychopathic traits ends up as a habitual and cold-blooded criminal while another ends up as the prototype for Agent 007.

Civic Agency and Executive Function: An Emerging Conversation

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Harry Boyte

A conversation is just beginning between practitioners and theorists of civic agency and scholars and educators promoting educational experiences which develop Executive Function. It may have large potential.

Teaching Character Versus Life Skills in Schools: What's the Best Approach?

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Should schools teach personality or character? This is the question posed in a recent New York Times op-ed by Anna North. When educators focus on personality or character, you get debates about whether it is the role of schools to try to imbue character or personality.

Now! Later. No, Right Now! Maybe in a Bit.

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.21.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Why would those who intentionally but irrationally put things off, who don't seem pressured by time -- why would these same people also tend to make rash decisions, without thought or planning? Procrastination and impulsivity are the odd couple of the human mind.

Dave Matthews And Grover Are Feeling All The Feelings

Posted 09.13.2013 | Parents

Cookie Monster may be taking the lead on Sesame Street's new initiative to teach kids self-regulation, but he's left room for other monsters to get in...

WATCH: Cookie Monster Takes Over For 007

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 09.13.2013 | Parents

Cookie Monster is about to embark on a developmental journey. In his new movie, “The Spy Who Loved Cookies” (watch above), the “best secret a...

The Happiness Deferral Chain: Music Versus Test Preparation

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Susan D. Blum

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my college-student daughter started singing. My father, a pediatrician, asked what he thought was a rhetorical question. "Why do kids know the words to every song but they can't memorize something for a test that will get them a higher grade?"

Let's Take Life-Skills Learning Seriously

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

By rallying around the importance of teaching life skills to our youth we can all say we're for kids. But we're all just kidding ourselves yet again if we end up putting key intellectual qualities in a "soft skills" education bucket.

Why Men (Yes, Men) Are Better Multitaskers

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.03.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

We should all be forgiven for believing that women are good at multitasking, and far superior to men. The problem with this popular image is that there is not a shred of evidence to back it up.

How Do Placebos Relieve Pain?

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.27.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists and doctors have been studying placebos for more than half a century. These inert "sugar pills" remain highly controversial, yet they are widely used in clinical treatment today -- especially in the area of pain management.