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ADHD: Is Our Information Culture The Cause?

(255) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 7:15 AM

As Dr. Perri Klass points out in her piece in the December 13 New York Times, scientists and physicians now widely recognize Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a real brain disease. There is still a great deal of debate about the mechanisms in the brain that cause...

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Are "Learning Styles" Important In Teaching Methods?

(39) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 4:51 PM

We've all heard it before: "I am a visual learner," "My child is a verbal learner," and so on. The idea that there are different learning styles, and that education works best when it meshes with an individual's learning style, are deeply embedded in our culture. It's also big business,...

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How Habits Can Make Or Break Us

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 4:24 PM

We've all done it: We leave the house with the intention of driving to the dry cleaners, and then minutes later find that we forgot to make the right turn and instead ended up at the office. The universal nature of this kind of "auto-pilot" experience shows just how powerful...

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Multitasking: The Brain Seeks Novelty

(22) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 9:09 AM

This is my first blog post for the Huffington Post, so let me start by introducing myself. I'm a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Austin, where I use brain imaging to study how the human mind achieves its amazing feats and why it sometimes fails. In this blog...

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