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Nathan DeWall on the Science of Self-Control

Originally posted on Quartz on July 2, 2017.   I’m often asked how I was able to go from inactive academic to participating in invitation-only ultramarathons.  While it’s no small feat, the three components of self-control–standards, monitoring, and strength–fortified my…

Another Famous Psychology Major

We psychology teachers take bemused pleasure in noting one-time psych students who later become famous—people such as Jon Stewart, Gloria Estefan, Natalie Portman, Mark Zuckerberg, and (to balance the ledger) serial killer Ted Bundy.   To such lists I can…

Is the Sage on a Stage Finally Being Replaced by a Guide on the Side?

In Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education Initiative, Carl Wieman—a Stanford physicist, Nobel laureate, and Carnegie U.S. University Professor of the Year (but let’s not feel intimidated)—advocates active learning, which in a recent NPR interview, he…

Calling B.S. on Engagement Myths

Hardly a week goes by without some headline discussing the dire state of engagement. Typically, these headlines are propagated using data from a consulting firm, whose data indicate that scores of people are disengaged or, at the very least, unengaged.…