Garth Sundem

Calculating the Real Cost of Van Life vs. Hotels for a Summer Roadtrip

By the time your rent a van and pay for gas and campgrounds, would you be better off just driving…

Calculate the Likelihood of Surviving Your Child’s Last Few Weeks of School

The last few weeks of school are an opportunity for your child to wring every last drop of education from…

The Causes of Math Anxiety… And What to Do About It

Math anxiety and along with it math performance come down to adjusting the sliders on a giant mathematical mixing board:…

Are Creativity and Psychosis Paired in Your Child’s Genes?

Study in 'Nature' shows that creativity and psychosis may have the same genetic roots.

Rewarding Your Child’s Sharing Leads to… Less Sharing

A study in the journal Child Development shows that our intuition about positive reinforcement can be exactly wrong: Rewarding a…

Insight vs. Analysis: A Problem-Solving Throwdown

Insight doesn't always tell you you're looking at a llama's nostrils. But when it does, it's probably right.

Should You Confront or Let Go of Unfairness?

Unfairness trickles down from one person to others. A new study in the journal Scientific Reports shows how to stop…

One Reason Your Child Should Pity Narcissistic Classmates

Who is besties with a narcissist? Research on best friend pairs shows that narcissists may be stuck with themselves.

Why Math and Reading Skills Usually (But Don’t Always) Go Hand-In-Hand

In elementary school the kids in the "redbird" and "bluebird" reading groups tended to be grouped together for math too.…

Study Shows Immigration Benefits STEM Fields

Does immigration create a rich melting pot or lead to tension? In STEM fields that require complex problem solving, birthplace…

Does a Child's Creativity Come From Persistence or Flexibility?

When the going gets tough, should the tough get going or should the tough try something new?

A Lifelong Geek's Experience With Sports Tiger Parenting

On his fourth attempt, Leif stood in a position of relative rest halfway through the climb and you could see…

Paper: It’s Time to Take Santa Workplace Safety Seriously

As a society, we systematically fail to take into account issues of workplace safety that affect or have the potential…

Does Religion Protect Against Holiday Blues?

Study finds that "the Christmas period is related to a decrease in life satisfaction and emotional well-being." But not among…

Data Mining May Make You Less Troll-Like (In-Game and Out)

By compiling millions and millions of League of Legends data points, researchers hint at "psychological traits across global populations."

Study Shows That Kids Don’t Have To Like Math To Be Good At It

"The present findings could mean that interventions in education that try to increase intrinsic motivation may not be the best…

MIT Study of Tsimané People Shows How to Trick Kids Into Giving You Cookies

How does a child's sense of fairness develop? A fascinating MIT study shows fairness depends on number sense and not…

Dad Brain. Old Brain. Are You Doomed to Cognitive Decline?

After testing the knowledge of older and younger brains, you give them the right answers and a chance to make…

Science Finally Proves Superiority of Geek Brain

Studies show that "cultural dysfluency" — Halloween plates on Labor Day, a purple wedding tux, a "good riddance" obituary —…

‘Bedtime Math’ Helps Families Share Math the Same Way We Share Reading

Let's bond over math the same way we bond over reading--a study in 'Science' shows that over the course of…

Do Your Child’s Friends Help/Hurt Math Skills?

If children followed the rules of real estate, you would expect the poorer mathematician in a friendship to benefit at…

Hedonism, Eudaemonia, and the Secret of Happiness

Might happiness be more than simply feeling good without feeling bad (and maybe the lingering afterglow of smugness)?

Study Shows Why Kids Sink or Swim in Math Education

Most kids who are good or bad at math in first grade are similarly good or bad at math as…

Anger, Sadness, Stereotype, and How to Argue With Your Kids

Imagine you’re driving through a crowded grocery store parking lot when a man on a cell phone walks out in…

Don’t Delay Exploring the Science of Your Child’s Procrastination

Research is showing that procras­tination isn’t a defect in ability or personality but rather a disconnect between the demands of…

One Scientific Way to Help Your Child Deal With Stress

How to help your kids stay in the Goldilocks zone of productive stress even when life makes the porridge too…

Insight, Energy, Crickets, And the Science of the Snooze Button

Are the offsprings' brains better off setting the alarm for 6:00am and hitting snooze for a blissful half an hour,…

Studies Show Hufflepuff Key to Creativity

Creativity isn’t the lucky gift it seems. "This research demonstrates that persistence is a critical determinant of creative performance and…

The Science of Becoming a Math Person

What caught my ear wasn't the fact that a young, hipsterish guy struggled with subtraction Captchas; it was the fact…

A.I. Research Mines 'Minecraft' to Mimic Human Learning

"The whole of 'Minecraft' is what we refer to as 'A.I. complete.' If you can do all of 'Minecraft' you…

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