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Digest #139: What Comes After School? Career Tips and Advise

Digest #139: What Comes After School? Career Tips and Advise

All of the Learning Scientists are researchers in Cognitive Psychology who work with students in psychology, and often advise them on what to do after graduation. Psychology is a very diverse field with lots of options to explore. This guide from the APA provides resources for students starting to think about a career in psychology.…
Explain It To Me: The Beneficial Effects of Explaining for Memory

Explain It To Me: The Beneficial Effects of Explaining for Memory

Outcomes of the Experiment Lachner and colleagues (1) created an experiment (Experiment 2) in which they tested these different hypotheses against each other. They had students study two related texts and asked them to either a) explain the main ideas to a fictitious person or b) write down everything they remember (written retrieval practice). In…
Digest #138: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Students

Digest #138: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Students

5)      Ace Your Self-Study App by University of Leiden, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Delft University of Technology At EARLI I was introduced to this promising app, Ace Your Self-Study. This app lets students schedule and log their study sessions. Students can track how and for how long they have been studying. In addition, it provides…
GUEST POST: To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

GUEST POST: To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

A common sleep recommendation is to limit naps! Wait, what? Anyone who has struggled to get children to nap should be laughing so hard now they might be crying. As a parent of two young boys, I cherish times when they both settle down for an afternoon nap. Certainly, children should be getting more sleep…
How Should Students Take Notes?

How Should Students Take Notes?

References (1) Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note taking. Psychological Science, 25, 1159-1168. (2) Bui, D. C., Myerson, J., & Hale, S. (2013). Note-taking with computers: Exploring alternative strategies for improved recall. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105, 299-309. (3) Fiorella,…
To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

To Nap or Not to Nap, IS That a Question?

A common sleep recommendation is to limit naps! Wait, what? Anyone who has struggled to get children to nap should be laughing so hard now they might be crying. As a parent of two young boys, I cherish times when they both settle down for an afternoon nap. Certainly, children should be getting more sleep…
Learning in a Museum

Learning in a Museum

By Althea Need Kaminske This past week I had the opportunity, along with Megan Sumeracki, to talk with docents about how they can use the science of learning in their work. As educators, docents face an interesting set of challenges when teaching visitors about their collections. Namely that they have a limited amount of time…
A Brief Overview of Working Memory

A Brief Overview of Working Memory

Working memory refers to your ability to manipulate and remember information over a short period of time (about two minutes). It’s very similar to short term memory, but when we use the term working memory we are emphasizing the manipulation of information. For example, if someone gave you a telephone number to write down, you…
GUEST POST: Self-Referencing as a Tool to Improve Learning

GUEST POST: Self-Referencing as a Tool to Improve Learning

References: (1) Symons, C. S., & Johnson, B. T. (1997). The self-reference effect in memory: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 121, 371-394 (2) Humphreys, G. W., & Siu, J. (2016). Attentional control and the self: The self-attention network (SAN). Cognitive Neuroscience, 7, 5-17.. (3) Turk, D. J., Gillespie-Smith, K., Krigolson, O. E., Havard, C., Conway, M.…
New Findings Inform the Laptop versus Longhand Note-Taking Debate

New Findings Inform the Laptop versus Longhand Note-Taking Debate

While there may be very good reasons to be cautious about laptop use in the classroom – e.g., laptops with internet access may invite multitasking which is detrimental to the learning of the student engaging in multi-tasking, but also has negative effects on students sitting in proximity of the multitasker (2) – their use to…

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