Creative Approaches to Teaching

How People Learn: Cognitive Styles; Brain Development/Mindset; Approaches to Learning

Suggested Reading for Neuro-scientifically Informed Philosophical Musings about Cognition and Learning

Compiled by Eric Thompson

Churchland, Patricia A. Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain. New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2013.

Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. New York: Vintage Books, 2012

Lukianoff, Greg and Jonathan Haidt. “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Atlantic Monthly, Sept 2015.

Mullainathan, Sendhil, and Eldar Shafir. Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How it Defines Our Lives. New York: Picador, 2013.

Noe, Alva. Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009. Action in Perception. MIT Press, 2004.

Wegner, Daniel M. The Illusion of Conscious Will. MIT Press, 2002.


How Diet, Sleep and Exercise Affect Academic Performance

Compiled by Julie Muzzatti


Fast food and children (for those of you interested in K-12)

Brain Food and children,23308

Brain Fuel and College Success



Better sleep and academic success

Sleep helps the brain get rid of waste


Exercise and College Students

Exercise and Academic Performance in General


Suggested Reading on Mindset and Grit

Compiled by Sara Jones

Dweck, Carol. Mindset. New York: Random House, 2007.

Links to Carol Dwecks TED Talk:

Link to Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED Talk on Grit: