In this hour we look at how we can shape our brains to perform at higher levels in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
With: Oliver Hill, Virginia State University
What if you could change not just how much you know, but your actual intelligence? One psychologist says special cognitive training can rewire the way brains work and help kids succeed in math and science.
With: Claude Steele, Stanford University and Margaret Shih, University of California, Los Angeles
Stereotypes affect the way others see us and how we see ourselves. They can also lead to lower test scores.
With: Cheryl Talley, Virginia State University
Helping students overcome test anxiety and other forms of self-handicapping through things like journaling and text-messages.
With: Clint McCown, Virginia Commonwealth University
A tornado that devastated Fayetteville, Tennessee the week the author was born is the setting for his award-winning novel, Haints. The real-life tornado reached wind speeds up to 260 miles per hour and damaged or destroyed 1,820 buildings.
With: Wally Smith, University of Virginia College at Wise
A biologist fell in love with hiking when he was in high school. Now he and his biology students have created online trail guides for others to explore the beauty of the Appalachian foothills.