STUDY ALERT: Training the Brain: Practical Applications of Neural Plasticity

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Study Alerts

Title: Practical Applications of Neural Plasticity From the Intersection of Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, and Prevention Science

Author: Richard L. Bryck and Philip A. Fisher

Abstract

Prior researchers have shown that the brain has a remarkable ability for adapting to environmental changes. The positive effects of such neural plasticity include enhanced functioning in specific cognitive domains and shifts in cortical representation following naturally occurring cases of sensory deprivation; however, maladaptive changes in brain function and development owing to early developmental adversity and stress have also been well documented. Researchers examining enriched rearing environments in animals have revealed the potential for inducing positive brain plasticity effects and have helped to popularize methods for training the brain to reverse early brain deficits or to boost normal cognitive functioning. Read More

STUDY ALERT: High-Stakes Testing: Does It Increase Achievement?

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Study Alerts

TITLE: High-Stakes Testing: Does It Increase Achievement?

AUTHOR: Sharon L. Nichols

ABSTRACT

I review the literature on the impact on student achievement of high-stakes testing. Its popularity as a mechanism for holding educators accountable has triggered studies to examine whether its promise to increase student learning has been fulfilled. The review concludes there is no consistent evidence to suggest high-stakes testing leads to increases in student learning*. Read More

STUDY ALERT: Intelligence: New Findings and Theoretical Developments

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Study Alerts

This is an important update to Ulric Neisser et al.’s seminal 1996 article Intelligence: Knowns and unknowns. Read More

Introducing “STUDY ALERT”: Fluid insight moderates the relationship between psychoticism and crystallized intelligence

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Study Alerts

Truth is: I’ve become increasingly agitated by most science reporting of psychological studies. Somewhere along the way, something usually gets misrepresented. Maybe it’s the sensational title. Maybe it’s the misquoting. Maybe it’s a misunderstanding of what a correlation means or what constitutes a large or meaningful effect size or the equating of a gene with […]

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