• Why Silence Is Good For Your Brain

    October 22nd, 2016 No Comments Features

    Silence has long been a prominent topic amongst poets, philosophers, and artists. In recent years it also has become a focus for neuroscientists and biologists, who are studying its effects on our bodies and health. In our ever-connected modern world, silence has become a seemingly rare commodity. Think about it—when was the last time you… Read More

  • Collaborative Inhibition: How Group Work Harms Memory

    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

  • Why Problem Finders Are More Creative Than Problem Solvers

    “It is in fact the discovery and creation of problems rather than any superior knowledge, technical skill, or craftsmanship that often sets the creative person apart.” —Jacob Getzels, social scientist I know a handful of people who are natural problem-solvers—skilled at identifying the root of an issue and taking keenly selected, highly efficient steps to… Read More

  • Crowdsourcing to Create Better Test Questions

    October 4th, 2016 No Comments Other
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    How do you create the best exam questions possible without spending half the semester on trial and error? Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggest relying on others—in a word, crowdsourcing—to improve test content. “Crowdsourcing opens up a whole new possibility for people creating tests,” says Philip Sadler, who led the research in… Read More