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Teachers Must Ditch ‘Neuromyth’ Of Learning Styles

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists. Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning [...]

Four Neuromyths That Are Still Prevalent In Schools – Debunked

It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and determination are highly important in education. But neuroscience and psychology are complex, nuanced subjects that come with many caveats. Although progress is being made towards understanding what helps and hinders students, there [...]

Mental Illness Awareness: 6 Myths About Mental Illness You Need To Unlearn

Pixabay Images Conversations about mental health are still "hush" as we debate what constitutes a healthy mind. This often leads to preconceived notions of mental illness, and the stigmatization of sufferers. MYTH #1: MENTAL ILLNESS IS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS. Fact: People who are afflicted with mental illness are not weak. Rather, an [...]

Junk Science Driving Public Misperceptions

Pixabay Images Have you heard about the latest study? Coffee fights cancer. Pizza and French fries are addictive like crack. Midnight snacks hamper our ability to retain memories. Actually, what’s really bad for our brains is all the junk science being reported as gospel. According to Pew Research, “79 percent of scientists believe [...]

7 Myths Alcohol Advertisers Want You To Believe

Think Stock Photos "Absolut Magic" proclaims a print ad for a popular vodka. "Paradise found," headlines another. "Fairy tales can come true" says a third. All these ads illustrate the major premise of alcohol advertising's mythology: Alcohol is magic, a magic carpet that can take you away. It can make you successful, sophisticated, [...]

The Myth Of Happiness That Will Prevent You From Being Truly Happy

istockphoto If you've ever been to New York City, you've witnessed the manifestation of the happiness myth at its best. People in the city are literally running from one thing to the next thing to the next. Always striving to be somewhere other than where they are. So what exactly is the happiness myth? The [...]

By | 2016-02-14T22:04:58+00:00 February 14th, 2016|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Seven Myths about Dyslexia Put to Rest

flickr As researchers who study dyslexia, we often read articles or overhear conversations that completely misunderstand what dyslexia is – or how it can be treated. Dyslexia is the term used to describe someone with reading difficulties – and it affects up to 10% of Australians. A reader with dyslexia may have difficulty in [...]

Six Myths About Stress

Stress is a part of our lives and there’s no getting around it. But as much as we all live with it, many of us misunderstand some of the basics about stress and its role in our lives. Why does this matter? Stress has been indicted in many research studies in exacerbating very real physical [...]

More On Positive Psychology

I’ve never received such a response to a Generation Next article like the one I received to last week’s column, 3 Common Myths About Positive Psychology.   I was overwhelmed by the amount of emails I got, the majority of which were saying, “I’ve heard of positive psychology, but where can I find out more?” So [...]

2014 Gates Annual Letter: Myths About Foreign Aid

By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is [...]

By | 2014-02-08T13:31:06+00:00 February 4th, 2014|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments