The Other Lobe

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

co-authored blog posts

Peer Counseling is Experiential Education

Peer Counseling is Experiential Education Sanaa Mylan QC’13 and Jim Stellar Sanaa and I met in 2009 when she was a freshman and I was a newly arrived Provost at Queens. I had taken a faculty apartment in the new … Continued

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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.