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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From mobile learning to microlearning, these five methods for training employees are some of the most effective in the modern world of business.
People underestimate their opponent’s capacity to feel basic human sensations. We can short-circuit this impulse through moral reframing and perspective taking.
Too many people still view stay-at-home dads as feckless deadbeats, but their acceptance is an important step toward gender equality.
Finland reveals that happiness is more about mindset than umbrella drinks and sun-warmed beaches.
Implicit bias may be outside your conscious control, but that doesn’t mean change is.