10 scientific ideas that scientists wish you would stop misusing

Editor’s note: A good list for checking how you describe scientific ideas – are you using these ideas correctly?

Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims

Editor’s note: With the almost daily claims of neuroscientific research and the push for evidence of learning effectiveness, L&D professionals would be wise to know how to cast a critical eye over research. This article helps with that. Thanks to @owenferguson for sharing.

Debunked: ‘right-brain’ and ‘left-brain’ personalities

Editor’s note: The idea of right brain-left brain personalities is flawed: it’s far better to talk about people’s creativity or their analytical skills separately, rather than in opposition—especially since many people have plenty of both.

Video of the week: What can science tell us about learning?

Ahead of his keynote to the 2011 learning Live conference, Professor Robert Winston shared his thoughts on what science can tell us about how we learn.

Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa: Brain physiology limits simultaneous use of both networks

Editor’s notes: Research shows for the first time that we have a built-in neural constraint on our ability to be both empathetic and analytic at the same time. Implications on learning styles?

Online attitudes predict individuals’ compulsive and excessive Internet use and poor wellbeing

Editor’s note: Researchers are exploring how specific online communication attitudes – such as individuals’ tendency for online self-disclosure, online social connection, and online anxiety – predicted their compulsive and excessive Internet use. Does excessive participation in social networks foster compulsive and excessive Internet use?

Work is more fun if the character fits the bill

Editor’s note: Research shows, not surprisingly, that we find our work more satisfying if we are using our one or more of our signature strengths. The use of these strengths goes hand in hand with more positive experiences at work, namely enjoyment, flow, sense of purpose or satisfaction and calling.

US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google

Editor’s note: The amazing story of a 15-year-old Jack Andraka who, in the face of his biology teacher’s disinterest went on to discover a cheap advanced cancer test. It’s a great story which lifts the lid on what motivates us to learn and how we can use the web to find what we need.

Navigating the many dangers of experience

Editor’s note: Experience can affect how we make decisions. It can short-circuit the decision-making process based on us defaulting to what past experiences tell us. The upshot is new ideas don’t get far. A useful article to consider when looking at how experience can impact on learning, creativity and innovation.

50 must-download apps for lifelong learners

Editor’s note: There’s something here for everyone because, let’s face it, we are all lifelong-learners. A great list and some useful apps.

Greater working memory capacity benefits analytic, but not creative, problem-solving

Editor’s note: A look at the role of working memory capacity in both mathematical and creative problem solving. working memory capacity seems to help analytical problem-solvers focus their attention and resist distraction. What does this mean for creative problem solving?