How Poverty Changes the Brain You saw the pictures in science class—a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in … Continue reading The limbic system’s fears
Academically successful children smoke more cannabis as teenagers: is it time to rethink drug education programmes? Academically successful children are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis in their teenage years than their less academic peers. That’s according to … Continue reading Evidence-based education
Supportive text messaging to encourage student success Today, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has announced that they are funding three interventions to help improve outcomes for 16-18-year-old students who are resitting their GCSEs. We are excited that the social support … Continue reading Nudging students
Does Zapping Your Brain Actually Help You Learn Faster? A cognitive neuroscientist and his team at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California, seem to have achieved the impossible. According to a press release, the team “measured the brain activity patterns of … Continue reading Magnetic fields to enhance learning
Do students know what’s good for them? Of course they do, and of course they don’t. Putting a student at the centre of their own learning seems like fundamental pedagogy. The Constructivist approach to education emphasises the need for knowledge … Continue reading Guided and discovery learning
Poverty and decision-making: How behavioural science can improve opportunity in the UK A third of the UK population spent at least one year in relative income poverty between 2011 and 2014. Traditionally policymakers and anti-poverty organisations such as the Joseph … Continue reading Human capital for reducing poverty
The truth about the gender wage gap Nearly 10,000 people graduated with MBAs from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business between 1990 and 2006. In 2009, three economists decided to study a quarter of those graduates. They asked a … Continue reading Why does the gender wage gap exist?