In an experiment by the psychologist Paul Rozin, he asked educated adults to eat chocolate fudge that was shaped like dog faeces. The other option was to eat soup from a pristine, brand new bedpan. People knew the fudge was real fudge and the bedpan was clean (it would be deeply unethical if wasn’t!) But many people refused. They believed the food was clean but they ‘alieved’ it wasn’t. This could be what happens when you watch a horror movie. You know you’re safe, you don’t really believe the monster will come out of the screen and harm you. But it still seems like it could. You just ‘alieve’ it will. The feeling experienced is still very real.
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Tags: Literacy, neuroscience
The famous “Stroop Effect” is named after J. Ridley Stroop who discovered this strange phenomenon in the 1930s. Here is your job: name the colors of the following words. Do NOT read the words…rather, say the color of the words. For example, if the word “BLUE” is printed in a red color, you should say “RED”. Say the colors as fast as you can. It is not as easy as you might think!
Tags: building knowledge, construction, essay, knowledge, reflective writing, writing
Good reflective writing usually involves four key elements:
reporting and responding to a critical issue or experience;
relating this issue or experience to your own knowledge in this field;
reasoning about causes and effects of this issue/experience according to relevant theories or literature and/or similarities or differences with other experiences you’ve had; and
reconstructing your thinking to plan new ways to approach the issue or engage in similar experiences in the future
Tags: essential questions, instruction, knowledge, learning, questioning, self learning
Each of these question could lead days of discussions online or in class. Teachers can improve instruction by focusing units and courses with essential questions.
I see these questions as ways to see into knowledge domains and majors.
These questions could also get passed on to secondary school and post-secondary school writing assignments, projects (inquiry based), term papers, etc.
Some of the questions could also help with creative writing–fiction or nonfiction. The questions can be targeted as well. For example, using findings in the neurosciences, why do people continue to pursue the concept of a utopian society? In an educator training course, like one for special education teachers, you could ask this question: What is the relationship between differences and utopia?
Tags: activities, comprehension, education, learning, Literacy, organizing, Reading, Reading comprehension, routines, scheduling, teaching
Tags: biographical profiles, definition, intelligence, intelligence measurement, intelligence testing, intelligence theory, interactive map, measures
An alphabetical interactive map, organized by time period, with links to biographical profiles of people who have influenced the development of intelligence theory and testing.
See on www.intelltheory.com