Archive for Evolutionary Psychology

The Play Theory of Hunter-Gatherer Egalitarianism

Hunter-gatherers may maintain their egalitarian, highly cooperative approach to social life by deliberately nurturing their playfulness.

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Infants’ Instincts to Help, Share, and Comfort

Children know innately what they must do to develop well. This applies to physical, intellectual, emotional and social development—and also to moral development.

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Toddlers Want to Help and We Should Let Them

Researchers have found that very young children innately want to help, and they will continue helping into adulthood.

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Mend the Gap Between Rich and Poor in School Achievement

The more rigid and authoritarian the school program is, the greater is the achievement gap between rich and poor. The more trusting and empowering it is, the smaller is the gap.

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Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.

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Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

Self-directed education—as it occurs in unschooling families and at democratic schools--operates by allowing these four natural drives to flourish. ....

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Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

Self-directed education—as it occurs in unschooling families and at democratic schools--operates by allowing these four natural drives to flourish. ....

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Alison Gopnik’s Advice to Parents: Stop Parenting!

Everything Professor Gopnik says in The Gardener and the Carpenter indicates that our schooling system is very very wrong. So why does she point her finger at parents, not schools?

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ADHD, Creativity, and the Concept of Group Intelligence

In an experiment, groups containing a person with ADHD symptoms showed more off-task behavior, but were much better at solving problems than groups with no such person.

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ADHD, Creativity, and the Concept of Group Intelligence

In an experiment, groups containing a person with ADHD symptoms showed more off-task behavior, but were much better at solving problems than groups with no such person.

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