Why a Toaster Is a Design Triumph Last year I fell in love with a toaster. It looks like most others. A brushed, stainless-steel housing. Four slots, to accommodate the whole family’s bread-provisioning needs. It is alluring but modest, perched … Continue reading A Bit More
Psychologists have shown that it’s possible to train one-year-olds’ attention skills According to a new paper in Developmental Psychology, children as young as 12-months-old can be taught to get better at focusing their attention – which may help with their … Continue reading Training infants’ attention
You’ve been framed: Why Narratives Matter How many times have you seen a headline similar to this – “Nigeria loses $34 billion to tomato/fish/toothpick imports?” If you’re Nigerian, you’ve heard an assertion like this at least once. And how does … Continue reading Framing economic policy
Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture? Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Donald Trump could be elected president, but I was. I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan, two of the most liberal places in … Continue reading The cognitive traps of social media
The myth of self-control As the Bible tells it, the first crime committed was a lapse of self-control. Eve was forbidden from tasting the fruit on the tree of knowledge. But the temptation was too much. The fruit was just … Continue reading Are you horrible at resisting temptation?
Read This Story Without Distraction (Can You?) Stop what you’re doing. Well, keep reading. Just stop everything else that you’re doing. Mute your music. Turn off your television. Put down your sandwich and ignore that text message. While you’re at … Continue reading Focus on monotasking
The Economics of Noncognitive Skills When most people think about the goals of education, their minds turn to cognitive skills involved in reading, writing, ‘rithmetic, and reasoning. We think about test scores on the well-known US-based tests of cognitive ability … Continue reading Can non-cognitive skills be taught?