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Using Computers Not Only to Write, but to Learn How

January 15, 2020

Today’s teen-agers may be Snapchat savvy, but many
of these same students are unskilled in using computers to write well, according
to new research in Policy Insights from
the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 

Teachers, likewise, are not getting the training they need to teach students to use digital technologies to write—a key skill for success in college and in an increasing number of career fields, according to “Technology as a Lever for Adolescent

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Social and Emotional Learning Vital to Student Success

November 20, 2019

It used to be that society deemed a well-educated student as having not only strong academics but also solid grounding in personal and social responsibility, creativity and critical thinking.  Now, according to research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, student success tends to be measured narrowly based on test scores, particularly in English and math.

“A common perception holds that attending to social and psychological development will

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Think, Blink, or Sleep on It

September 25, 2019

Ever been advised to listen to your gut when trying to make a decision?  A new paper in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences says snap decisions concerning complex issues often are the least likely way to end up feeling good about your choice.

Better options are deliberation and distraction—but choosing between those depends largely on the information and what being asked, according to the paper, “Evaluating the Benefits of Conscious and

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Demonstrating Research on Cognitive Functioning in Virtual Reality to Lawmakers

September 25, 2019

At the Coalition for Health Funding Public Health Fair, FABBS partnered with our member society, the American Psychological Association (APA), to showcase the innovative work of two University of Iowa researchers. Dr. Jodie Plumert, a psychologist, in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Kearney, a computer scientist, use virtual reality to study child pedestrian and bike safety – risk free.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) put on the virtual reality headset,

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