The Other Lobe

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

Co-authored Blog Posts

Headed into the profession

- Headed into the profession Emma Langsford UA’23, C’25 and Jim Stellar In previous blogs we discussed what it was like for EL to go from a good public university (University at Albany, SUNY) to an Ivy League graduate school (Teachers… ...Read More


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

ADHD and pleasure-seeking systems

- ADHD and pleasure-seeking systems   By Sophia DiLavore and Jim Stellar This blog is about the established idea that dopamine in the limbic system is important to Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as defined by DSM5-TR and as shown… ...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.

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