Category Archives: Psychology

The red pill of moral psychology

Reading moral psychology, in particular Jonathan Haidt’s works The Righteous Mind, The Happiness Hypothesis and Heterodox Academy, is mind-opening. In The Matrix, Neo has a choice: take a red pill, disconnect from the Matrix and dissolve the illusion, or take … Continue reading

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Three Applications of Cognitive Science

Here’s the second part of what I said yesterday at the ResearchEd event near Birmingham. From a hundred years of research, there are three deceptively simple insights that when applied well in the classroom, have very powerful effects. They are not … Continue reading

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Cheat codes to intelligence

I’ve asked before why students don’t remember what they’ve learned: how we design instruction, the curriculum and assessment plays a large part. On first discovering cognitive science, Kris Boulton said it was “like being given the cheat codes to intelligence”. … Continue reading

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What can science tell us about how pupils learn best?

 “The mind is at last yielding its secrets to persistent scientific investigation. We have learned more in the last 25 years about how the mind works than we did in the preceding 2500”. Daniel Willingham, 2009. The more we learn … Continue reading

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What we can learn from Cognitive Science and Dan Willingham?

Cognitive science shows us what makes instruction effective. Long ago, primitive peoples attempted to fly by strapping feathered wings to their arms and leaping off cliffs from great heights, flapping with all their might. Despite their dreams and hard work, they … Continue reading

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