The Other Lobe

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

co-authored blog posts

Higher Education Cost – make it more worthwhile by adding experience to the academic curriculum

Higher Education Cost – make it more worthwhile by adding experience to the academic curriculum Allyson Savin and Jim Stellar We started talking about writing this post at the end of June 2014 when there was a burst of media … Continued

Education that Works and the Brain

by Jim Stellar

A book based with the tentative title “Education that Works and the Brain” is now forthcoming in the fall from IdeaPress.  The book is based on the ideas discussed by so many of us in this blog. When it becomes available, a link will be provided here.

guest papers by students, staff, and faculty (edited by JS)

Freeing the Mind: Eradicating Gender Inequity in Higher Education with Experiential Learning and insights from Neuroscience

Freeing the Mind: Eradicating Gender Inequity in Higher Education with Experiential Learning and insights from Neuroscience By Naomi Ducat QC ‘16   “I want to be a ballerina,” said Samantha, the seven-year-old girl for whom I babysit on Thursday evenings. … Continued

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Who we are

Jim
Shwen
Adrienne

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 (section coming soon), 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. Now, the three of us are adding 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 how modern neuroscience brain scan research and other research from cognitive and social psychology have shown that the brain is built to operate and make decisions in two ways - through conscious rational thought and through unconscious instinctive decision-making. We think that this view, which applies to economics, also applies to education in college and suggests important and natural ways that learning from direct experience can powerfully complement a classical classroom-based curriculum to make college education better.