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, 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 all worked to develop the project. Now, the three of us are adding a third section of short papers that examine a topic in greater depth. The whole idea is to discuss how modern brain scan and other research has shown us 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 applies to higher education and suggests important and natural ways that learning from experience can powerfully complement a classical classroom-based college education.