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    Saga has taught and tutored writing at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Her educational interests include psychology, creativity, and system reform. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and lives in Portland, Oregon, USA.

    You can follow her on Google+ or @sagamilena

    Here are my most recent posts:

  • How Misremembering Happens in the Brain

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    January 4th, 2017 2 Comments Features

    Researchers at University College London, along with colleagues at Harvard and DeepMind Technologies, have found that we all experience false memories, especially when we’re drawing from several pieces of conceptually similar information. Martin J. Chadwick, who led the study, scanned the brains of 18 volunteers as they recalled lists of words crafted around a “lure,”… Read More

  • Teaching Grammar Through Rhythm

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    November 24th, 2016 2 Comments Features

    Rhythm is inextricably tied to language. The human heartbeat shares a time signature with one of the most universal linguistic patterns known to man, the iambic meter (“Shall-I com-PARE thee-TO a-SUM mer’s-DAY?”). Speechwriters frequently use rhythm to their advantage, hoping to stir listeners with a specific cadence or tempo. Numerous studies over the past decade… Read More

  • The Number One Predictor of Creativity? Openness to Experience

    Researchers are getting closer to understanding the functional underpinnings of creativity, and now believe it’s intimately tied to an individual’s drive to explore and discover new things. In their new book, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire reveal that openness to new experience is the… Read More

  • Collaborative Inhibition: How Group Work Harms Memory

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    October 19th, 2016 No Comments Features

    Collaborating in a group to remember information can actually harm recall, according to new research from the University of Liverpool. The study, which was conducted by psychologists from both Liverpool and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), analysed 64 earlier studies on collaborative memory and provides the “first systematic investigation into the costs… Read More