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There is a new wave of business ventures promoting “brain training” applications/games.  One of these is Lumosity, which was launched with the intent to enhance users’ brains and cognitive functioning.  For tonight, follow the link to their website ( and take the following steps:

  1. Watch the intro video on the homepage (“Learn how Lumosity works”)
  2. Click “Get Started Now” button.  When it asks you what you would like to focus on in each of the five categories, check them all.
  3. You will then need to enter your email and create a password to login.  You need to pay for Lumosity’s full service, but they offer several free introductory exercises/tests.  I did this a few months ago and haven’t received obnoxious emails, but if you are uncomfortable with this, I won’t require it.
  4. Answer the profile questions they ask you and then take the “fit test” exercises.
  5. When done, respond to questions below.

Questions: Reflect on the following…

  • How did you find this experience?
  • Despite Lumosity’s claims of being based on neuroscience, many scientists and psychologists believe the benefit to such exercises is exaggerated and/or needs more evidence and research.  What do you think?  Do you think these exercises could improve cognitive performance?  Do they have any benefit, if any?
  • Are these games better/different than other brain-exercising activities? Assuming they have some benefit, what other activities would also benefit cognitive growth?

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Read the link below and consider the following…

  1. What were the findings of the study?
  2. What do they reveal?
  3. What human traits/behaviors do you think are innate? What are acquired/learned?
  4. Beyond learning another language, what other activities do you think would reduce a person’s “essentialist” beliefs (believing human traits/behaviors are innate rather than acquired)?


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There are two links below, one is an article and one is a short video.  After reading/viewing, reflect on the following…

  1. What are your general reflections to these findings? Takeaways?
  2. How does relate to our unit on research? Are these findings empirical? Correlation or causation?
  3. How does this relate to our discussion last week about technology’s impact on the brain/motivation/concentration?


Read the link and reflect on some of the following…

  1. If you were hiring employees, what would you look for?
  2. How does this study influence the way you are thinking about preparing for the workforce?
  3. What are your general reflections from this article? What do you take away?

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Read the article and reflect on some of the following…

  • How do the perspectives of Gary Small and Daniel Willingham differ regarding technology’s impact on the brain?
  • Should schools give students technology devices for educational purposes? If so, under what circumstances?
  • Do you agree with Willingham’s assessment on technology’s impact on motivation and interest level?
  • I have a 2-year-old son.  What is your recommendation as to how I should raise him regarding his interaction with technology?
  • What are your general reflections?


Watch the following video and reflect on the following…

  • Why do you think Americans fail to save money?
  • Could this trend be reversed? How?
  • What are your saving habits? How could they improve?



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AP Psychology:

Directions: Click on the link beneath and listen to the section from minute 4-18.  Write a response to some of the following questions:

  • Summarize the findings of the study
  • What conclusions do you gather from this about the attributes/characteristics of thriving people?
  • Do you think these findings illustrate behavior based on biology (nature) or environment (nurture)? Why?
  • Is there missing information in this study? What else do you want to know about these individuals?
  • Look over the 14 units in our textbook, which units does this study relate to and why?


Directions: View the link below, 40 Maps that explain the world.  Choose 3 maps to write about that you think have economic significance.  Reflect on the following questions:

  • Explain the map.  What are the causes of this information?
  • How does this map relate to economics?
  • What questions does this map answer? What questions does it raise?