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Talent on the Sidelines: The Widening Gap in Excellence

An alarming report on the current state of excellence in the United States has been released today. The conclusion of the report "Talent on the Sidelines: Excellence Gaps and the Persistence of America's Permanent Talent Underclass" is that the United States is relying on less than half of its talent, with large percentages of our brightest students [...]

October 22, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

How Our Brains Process Books

We all know how it feels to get lost in a great book. Sometimes the characters and emotions can seem every bit as real as those of our everyday lives.

November 26, 2014 — Ben Thomas

Your Brain on Fast Food

Some kids more readily recognize Ronald McDonald than the President of the United States of America. Sad, right? Check out this exchange, from the 2004 movie Super Size Me: Morgan Spurlock: [to kids] I’m gonna show you some pictures and I want you to tell me who they are.

May 27, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
The Reading Brain

The Reading Brain

Do you enjoy reading books? Reading is one of the unique activities that only humans do, and we have not been doing it for that long! People have been practicing spoken communication using a language system with grammatical rules for at least 100,000 years.

May 12, 2015 — Tanja Kassuba & Sabine Kastner