3 Ways to Improve Your Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence

Picture this - you’re introduced to the CEO of a French start-up that your company is in the process of acquiring. The CEO grabs your hand and leans in for some repeated lip action on your cheeks. His breath has a hint of garlic and something else you can’t identify. His grip on your hand is lasting … [Read more...]

Transfer of Learning: Take What You’ve Learned with You

transfer of learning

Can an eighth-grade math student apply her knowledge of geometry to estimate the square footage of the family’s new home? If so, then she has experienced transfer of learning. Transfer of learning means to extend knowledge you’ve gained from one situation to new ones. Parents and educators hope … [Read more...]

Building Spatial Thinking Improves STEM success

spatial thinkng in portal 2

You fall off of a ledge, dropping through a hole in the floor, only to find yourself hurtling out the side of a wall like a cannon ball. If you can imagine that easily, you have great spatial thinking skills. Or you’ve been playing Portal 2. Perhaps your spatial thinking skills got a boost from … [Read more...]

Trouble Understanding Others? Read More Fiction

understanding others

Looking for an excuse to read more fiction? Fiction reading can help with understanding others. A recent study shows that children who read more fiction stories are better at inferring what other people are thinking and feeling. Being good at understanding others is important, not just for … [Read more...]

In Praise of (the Right Kind of) Praise

Praise

Sure, you praise your kids. They look at you with beaming little faces. Such a warm feeling, if only for a moment. Is that all there is to praise? What’s simmering in the brain behind those sparkling eyes? It may well depend on the precise nature of the praise you gave. There are at least two … [Read more...]

Regaining the Brain Flexibility of Your Childhood

Kids' brains have high plasticity; they absorb volumes of new material effortlessly and adapt flexibly to changing conditions. As they develop and amass patterns of information, brains tend to crystallize. The aging brain has vast stores of knowledge to draw on to solve the problems it encounters, … [Read more...]

The Aging Brain Is More Malleable Than Previously Believed

Active Aged Brain

There is growing evidence that, beyond what was previously believed, the adult human brain is remarkably malleable and capable of new feats -- even in the last decades of life. In fact, new experiences can trigger major physical changes in the brain within just a few days, and certain conditions can … [Read more...]