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Stories by Ingrid Wickelgren

When Is Stress Good for You? [Video]

When Is Stress Good for You? [Video]

We hear a lot about the downsides of stress. Too much of it can impair thinking, harm our health and, more prosaically, put us in a bad mood. But anyone who pontificates about the risks of chronic stress would be remiss in not pointing out that some measure of psychological tension is an important (not to mention unavoidable) part of life.

June 6, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Hear Me Talk about Social and Emotional Learning!

Hear Me Talk about Social and Emotional Learning!

On Monday, May 13, at 7pm, I'll be moderating a panel at The New York Academy of Sciences.If you are in the area, please attend! Here a description of the event:Social and Emotional Learning: Preparing Our Children to Excel Monday, May 13, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor, New York, NY 10007-2157School has traditionally been about teaching kids new knowledge and skills.

May 9, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Brain Games Aim to Make Kids Smarter

Scientists have concocted mental fitness regimens to strengthen weak thinking skills in students—in effect, making kids smarter

May 1, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Can Doctors Diagnose MS from Blood?

Can Doctors Diagnose MS from Blood?

I have seen the invisible arms of multiple sclerosis, a potentially devastating disease of the nervous system, touch friends, relatives and acquaintances.

May 7, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
How to Make Kids Smarter and Ease Existential Terror

How to Make Kids Smarter and Ease Existential Terror

A few months ago, I logged on to Lumosity.com to play my daily dose of brain games. The company had given me a free, temporary account so that I could try out their system as part of my research for an article I was writing on brain training.

April 17, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Introducing: The New MIND Guest Blog!

Introducing: The New MIND Guest Blog!

By Ingrid Wickelgren For years, Scientific American has featured an extremely popular Guest Blog on this website. That space offers a unique venue for scientists and other outside contributors to share news, insights and commentary in their fields of expertise.

March 13, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Do Music Lessons Make You Smarter?

Do Music Lessons Make You Smarter?

Practice makes progress, if not perfection, for most things in life. Generally, practicing a skill—be it basketball, chess or the tuba—mostly makes you better at whatever it was you practiced.

March 1, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Learn to Live in the Now [Video]

Learn to Live in the Now [Video]

Being mindful means being acutely aware of what is happening now—rather than drifting into the past or musing about the future—without emotionally reacting to these ongoing events.

February 14, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
On TV, Ray Kurzweil Tells Me How to Build a Brain

On TV, Ray Kurzweil Tells Me How to Build a Brain

Ray Kurzweil. Courtesy of Humanity+ via Flickr. I recently interviewed author and inventor Ray Kurzweil about his new book, “How to Create A Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.” The 58-minute segment aired on December 1, 2 and 3 on the C-SPAN2 program “After Words.” The book’s thesis is that it is essentially possible to reverse-engineer the human brain to create a computer mind that works like yours and mine.

December 11, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Social and Emotional Learning Empowers Children

Social and Emotional Learning Empowers Children

Editor’s note: The below is a response to a critique of MindUP, a social and emotional learning program pioneered by actor Goldie Hawn. I have covered this program in other blogs (see list below) and in a feature in Scientific American Mind (visit “Schools Add Workouts for Attention, Grit and Emotional Control”).

November 27, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren
How Social and Emotional Learning Could Harm Our Kids

How Social and Emotional Learning Could Harm Our Kids

Editor’s note: The following is a critique of a social and emotional learning program called MindUP that I have covered in other blogs (see list below) and in a feature in Scientific American Mind (visit “Schools Add Workouts for Attention, Grit and Emotional Control”).

November 27, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Sandy Rips through My Street

Sandy Rips through My Street

I stand on a near-vertical sidewalk upended by a tree half a block from my home. The sign for the jitney remains parallel to the trunk. No one waited here for the bus this week.

November 2, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Where Are the Gifted Minorities?

Where Are the Gifted Minorities?

Guest blog by Frank C. Worrell, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Rena F. Subotnik For more than a quarter century, critics have faulted gifted education programs for catering to kids from advantaged backgrounds.

November 2, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren
How Do You Spot A Genius?

How Do You Spot A Genius?

The November/December Scientific American Mind, which debuted online today, examines the origins of genius, a concept that inspires both awe and confusion.

October 18, 2012 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Stories by Ingrid Wickelgren

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