Many renowned writers have revelled in the gifts of their non-native tongues.
Are the concentration benefits just a marketing ploy?
Though fidget spinners have been around since the early 1990s, it was 2017 when they really started to make a stir, becoming a seemingly overnight sensation and starting to appear in offices, classrooms, public transport and pretty much anywhere else they were permitted.
When it comes to remembering the kids of your generation, don't always trust your memory.
- Since at least 624 BCE, adults have been complaining about the "kids these days."
- A recent study examined the "kids these days" effect, finding two broad mechanisms that seem to contribute to adults' negative perception of kids.
- Interestingly, adults seem to maintain their biases about the younger generations even when they're made aware of those biases.
The processes behind our ability to make decisions are complex, but they're not miracles.
- Free will exists, but by no means is it a miracle.
- We use "free will" to describe the more complex processes by which behavior is selected in the brain. These neurological steps taken to make decisions respect all laws of physics.
- "Free will wouldn't be worth having or extolling, in moral discussions, if it didn't respond to expectations of reward, punishment, praise, blame," Pinker says.
Conventional wisdom believes "screen time" disrupts mental development, but research hints at a more complicated relationship between our minds and digital technology.
- Worry over test scores has led many to blame digital technology for waning educational achievement.
- New studies show that the persistent effects of "screen time" are not yet understood and may be short-lived.
- Many experts argue the best approach is to teach students the strategic and selective use of digital technology.