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ADD/ADHD and Creativity: Is There a Link?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are two of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children and can often carry on into adulthood. The symptoms could pretty much be used to describe any child: hyperactivity, inattention, impulsiveness. Though never formally diagnosed, I myself have always suspected to be a member of […]

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Attack of the Screens: What are tablets doing to our kids?

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I recently returned home from visiting my family in Minnesota over the holidays. During my time there I had the pleasure of seeing my two young nephews, who miraculously grow more adorable with each visit. Every time I walk into my brother’s house the same exact thing happens: the elder of the two, Donald, runs […]

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Stacked Ranking: Bad for Microsoft, Good for Teachers?

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“One of the most valuable things I learned,” a Microsoft engineer told Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald regarding his tenure with the company, “was to give the appearance of being courteous while withholding just enough information from colleagues to ensure they didn’t get ahead of me in the rankings.”  The unnamed employee was interviewed for Eichenwald’s […]

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Creativity as a Mechanical Function: IBM’s Creative Cooking Computer

Can a mental process as complex and intrinsically human as creativity be reproduced by a computer?  This is the question being raised by scientists at IBM, who have begun experimenting with how their resident supercomputer, Watson, can handle thinking outside the box.  Watson, which beat two human competitors at “Jeopardy” a couple years back, is […]

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The Little Engine That Did: Self Discipline Techniques for Parents and Kids

Procrastination is, for many of us, a daily struggle.  An Internet search produces 2 million hits offering advice on reducing procrastination.  When a friend offered advice on what works for him, I was understandably skeptical. My friend’s tactic, in a nutshell, works like this: State out loud (or in your head) what you want to […]

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