Aired: June 6, 2015

Nuts and Bolts: Our Brains on STEM

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).

Courtesy of Flickr member CaptPiper

  • Our Brains on STEM (12 min.)

    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.

  • Self-Handicapping Stereotypes (7 min.)

    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.

  • How to Become a Straight A Student (7 min.)

    With: Cheryl Talley, Virginia State University

    Helping students overcome test anxiety and other forms of self-handicapping through things like journaling and text-messages.

  • Leap Year Hurricane (12 min.)

    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.

  • Tuesday Night Froggin (10 min.)

    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.


    Teaching Intelligence

    As the son of the great civil rights attorney, Oliver Hill senior, Oliver Hill junior knows a thing or two about fighting for equality.  He says that today’s civil rights issue, is unequal education.  Allison Quantz reports on Hill’s recent research to lessen the achievement gap.

    To hear more from Oliver Hill on cognitive training that can rewire the way brains work and help kids succeed in math and science, listen to Our Brains on STEM.

  • Brain Trainers

    Brain Trainers” work to improve cognitive skills, but can they raise our I.Q.s too?

    Want to learn more, listen to Our Brains on STEM.


1 Comment on “Nuts and Bolts: Our Brains on STEM”

  1. Joseph Salmon

    Please inform me of who to contact for best-funded neurosci ence research in the United States. Please inform me fully.

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