SES and Academic Success: The Importance of Early Vocabulary

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Description: Children raised in low socioeconomic status (SES) families do not do as well in school as children from high SES families. Why do you think that might be the case? You should be able to generate a long list of possible hypotheses. Perhaps the schools they go to are not as well supplied or… Read more »

Performance Improvement Without Physical Practice? Dream On!

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Description: Close your eyes and imagine yourself competing at the Olympics. Imagine the race, imagine what you need to do to compete well and then imagine winning a medal! OK nice daydream but you are probably not going to the Olympics and you may not even do the sport you were dreaming about doing. We… Read more »

Brain Training, Effective Tool or Waste of Time? It Depends!

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Description: You have heard about brain training exercises right? Do this, do that, go and play this game on that website and you will actually improve the general functioning of your brain. You will think better, more clearly, faster and you will do better on exams, in school and at work. So are claims like… Read more »

Moral Flexibility and Other Effects: The Case of International Travel

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Description: International travel to exotic places and cultures is a broadening experience right? Certainly my own research on identity development suggests that travel, whether part of gap year before or during post-secondary study or after your university experience or at any point in life can broaden your horizons, help you to see wider possibilities and… Read more »

Supplements? Drugs? Neutraceuticals? Research and/or Regulation Needed?

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Description: Whey powder, creatine, phytoberry; what do they have in common? They are all supplements, more specifically nutritional supplements that are sold far and wide as nutrition additives that are touted to improve health and vitality or build muscle, bones or cells. They are largely unregulated and there are hugely varying claims as their scientific… Read more »

Breathe! and de-stress.

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Description: If you had a section in one of her introductory psychology courses about consciousness you probably heard about some of the research that is indicating positive benefits of meditation. The article linked below discusses more recent research that simply looks at the potential positive benefits of a number of breathing control techniques on people’s… Read more »

“Nudge” Interventions Can Have BIG Developmental Impacts

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Description: How did your math courses go in high school? Was that level of performance about the same as you did in elementary school or did your performance levels change from elementary school to high school (especially as the math became more complicated)? It is quite common for students to feel like they hit a… Read more »

Chronic Happiness and Grades in University: What can be Developed?

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Description: Think about your experience in making a transition from high school to university. What sorts of things do you think contributed both to your making a successful transition and to successful academic performance at college or university? What role did your general mood state play in your transition? After you’ve thought about this, read… Read more »

Self-Help with Social Stress: Getting Through 1st Year

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Description: The move to college or university from high school environment can be a difficult one. In particular, first-year students often struggle with different versions of social stress which are really focused on whether or not there to be able to measure up in their new learning environment. The article linked below talks about a… Read more »

Self-Discipline: Does More Grit = More Life Satisfaction

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Description: It is generally understood that attending and doing well at university requires a great deal of self-discipline. On the other hand, how you think about self-discipline and how you push yourself to get your required tasks done, according to the author of the article linked below, matters. How hard you drive yourself to get… Read more »