Ep 213: Leveraging Our Natural Curiosity for Learning (and for Blog and Video Clicks)

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Learning/Memory, Teaching Tools0 Comments

How do we motivate you to click online? Well, we don’t necessarily have to pay you to get you to do things (extrinsic motivation) because you’re already a curious person. We also don’t necessarily have to find things you’re already interested in (intrinsic motivation) we just have to find things that are naturally interesting to all of us to get … Read More

Ep 191: What Was B. F. Skinner Really Like?

MichaelDevelopment, History of Psychology, Learning/Memory, Teaching Tools8 Comments

Would you be surprised to learn that B.F. Skinner was a very likable guy and that you may actually be very much in agreement with his ideas? Many people who study psychology have a negative impression of Skinner. Well, I’m about to challenge those impressions by presenting a side of Skinner you probably haven’t been exposed to. In these sound … Read More

Episode 86 (video): Educational Games

MichaelLearning/Memory, Teaching Tools4 Comments

Can games really be educational? They are certainly addictive and engaging. Can we harness this aspect of games and use it to learn? In this video I show you why I believe the answer is yes. Let’s talk about what really good teaching is and what really good games are like. Then I take you on a brief tour of what I believe are some of the best examples of great educational games.