Kevin Dickinson is the Learning Curve columnist at Big Think and Big Think+, which focuses on the intersection between education, psychology, and science. He holds a master’s in English and writing, and his articles have appeared in Agenda, RealClearScience, and the Washington Post. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter @KevinRDickinson.
Actor and science communicator Alan Alda shares his three rules of three for effective and empathic communication.
You only have 4,000 weeks of life. Use them wisely.
You don't have to be an emperor to apply these rules to daily living.
By challenging your preconceptions, art offers a framework by which you can solve problems.
Contrary to popular research, people with more money are happier, but it’s their spending habits, not their account balances, that move the dial.
Antidepressants can help alleviate PTSD symptoms when paired with psychotherapy, but does our overenthusiasm for them blind us to more effective alternatives?
Today’s careers don’t offer a clear path forward, but the rewards can be worth more than a gold watch at retirement.
You don’t need to ride into the danger zone to take advantage of TOPGUN’s life and career lessons.
People think that unhappiness causes our minds to wander, but what if the causation goes the other way?
Women have made incredible gains into STEM fields, but they continue to face gender biases in the workplace.
Talking to yourself seems to yield real benefits, from boosts in cognitive performance to improved emotional regulation.
How drugs, demons, and the search for immortality gave us words we use everyday.
Perfectionism is on the rise, and its consequences for mental health can be devastating. The Japanese philosophy of "wabi sabi" can help.
Creativity and achievement require balancing hard work with the restful power of calm.
Not all stress is created equal.
Because there's not enough Walden pond to go around.
Mixed messages and competing interests have left college students feeling lost and stressed.
Spicy foods are enjoyed the world over, but scientists don't know why people partake in culinary masochism.
Alzheimer’s disease is frightening, but the right combination of lifestyle choices can reduce your risk.
Unplugging only ignores the hard work of overcoming your distractions.
The modern attention economy hijacks our ability to focus, but an ancient technique offers a means to get it back.
Fulfillment at work isn’t about finding your passion; it’s about cultivating the relationships that create a sense of belonging.
Brands manufacture meaning through consensus; people must strive to create their own.
Nikolaas Tinbergen's concept of "supernormal stimulus" explains why humans are attracted to a heightened version of reality.
Being more creative doesn’t require a ‘Muse.’ It’s about pairing intelligence and imagination.
Your inner voice can be the devil on your shoulder or the angel. It depends on where your focus lies.
To reap the benefits of digital technologies, we must contend with their addictive designs.
SIDS deaths have decreased worldwide, but research has yet to solve this medical mystery.
Is college worth it? This question may seem a no-brainer, but there are many reasons why it is worthy of serious deliberation. Here are three.
Elastic thinking can reveal the assumptions that hamstring our ability to solve seemingly intractable problems.