The Other Lobe

A blog about experiential education, social media, and the brain

Co-authored Blog Posts

Unfaced Youth: Art, Mind, Brain

Unfaced Youth: Art, Mind, Brain by Erin Conner UA’24, Antonella Mason, Jim Stellar   This blog began when EC worked on an independent study under JS and AM that was centered on a neuroscience paper about how the brain reacts ...Read More


Guest Papers by Students, Staff, and Faculty (edited by JS)

Ninja – The Art of the Modern Instructor

Ninja - The Art of the Modern Instructor by Robert Hamilton, Emily Barrett, and James Stellar   Introduction In modern slang, Ninja means stealth and a Ninja is someone who commits “crazy” (outside the box) acts with powerfully positive results. ...Read More

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Who We Are


Who We are and What We Do

The blog began as a partnership between an older (Jim Stellar) and a younger (Shwen Gwee) guy. Then when Jim began doing research for the book, he was helped by one of the first blog co-authors (Adrienne Dooley) who became a project manager for a team of researchers, ranging from students to professionals who worked to develop the book and continue to talk in an on-line forum. Now, the three of us have added a third section of short papers that examine topics in greater depth than possible in a blog.

The whole idea of the website is to discuss experiential education programs and  learning with a focus on what can be taken from neuroscience, cognitive, and social science research.  We believe that this research is showing that the brain is built to operate and make decisions in two ways – in conscious rational decision-making mode and in unconscious instinctive decision-making mode. We think that this dual view, which applies to economics, also applies to higher education.  It suggests important and natural ways that learning from direct experience can powerfully complement the classical classroom-based curriculum to improve student outcomes in and after college.

For more, click on the About link at the top