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  • Do Video Games Improve Learning? »
    Gaming enthusiasts like well-known researchers Jane McGonigal and James Gee have called for educators to leverage the popularity of gaming to revolutionize schooling. Children could learn more and more efficiently with gaming at the center of the curriculum, they claim, because video games tend to engage and motivate young people. But while some games can help children learn certain things, they are not the answer to improving teaching and learning, studies suggest.
  • Teachers’ Beliefs Affect Whether Students Meet Learning Standards »
    When legislators make education policy, the decision-making process sometimes leaves out a surprising group of stakeholders – teachers. For decades, teachers have complained that policies too often ignore their expertise, and there may be another problem with excluding them: even the clearest standards and best instructional strategies won’t help students if teachers don’t believe in them.
  • When Seasons Change, We Do, Too »
    When Tyler Stevenson was a child, he was fascinated by the seasonal rhythms of his native Ontario, amazed that some animals knew when to leave for the winter while others stayed and adapted in order to survive. Little did he know that fascination would turn into a career that would advance understanding of how the environment shapes human, animal, and plant behavior. Stevenson’s research has shown that seasons affect far more than whether birds (and people) go south for the winter.
  • NSF and NRC Seek Public Comments »
    The National Science Foundation is beginning the process to update its strategic plan. We encourage behavioral and brain scientists to offer input; online comments are due by September 27th. Similarly, the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education is seeking input on its draft report on undergraduate STEM. Comments are due by October 14th, but preferred by October 1
  • FABBS Honors Marcia K. Johnson »
    Marcia K. Johnson is a Sterling Professor of Psychology at Yale University, among the highest honors bestowed on Yale faculty. Marcia's research has examined human attention and memory, including: the relation between comprehension and memory, mechanisms of veridical and distorted memory, component processes of reflection and consciousness; memory changes associated with aging; the relation between emotion and cognition; and the "self" in cognition. Her work has been described as "intellectually, empirically, and theoretically broad-ranging and bold" (APS William James Award citation, 2006).
  • Congress Returns to Face Unfinished Business »
    After a seven-week recess, Congress returned to Capitol Hill this week with a sense of urgency. With 16 legislative working days left before the beginning of the new federal fiscal year, Congress must pass a spending measure to keep the government operating on October 1, 2016.
  • Preeminent Psychological Scientists Share Their Stories »
    In a new book, Scientists Making A Difference: One Hundred Eminent Behavioral and Brain Scientists Talk About Their Most Important Contributions, readers will gain insight into the development of some of the best ideas in psychological science in this era. Through first-person accounts, the top psychological scientists describe their most important scientific contributions, how their ideas developed, why the research matters, and what they view as next steps in the research. Edited by Robert Sternberg, Susan Fiske, and Donald Foss, this book is sure to be a wonderful read for both established scientists and those in training.

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