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Human Factors 101: How About Just Trying Things Out?

While I was staring at my iMAC screen pondering options for this month's column, one of my favorite images, a self-portrait by Norman Rockwell, came to mind. In the portrait, we see Rockwell from behind, scratching his head and staring at a canvas that is blank, except for a Saturday Evening Post banner across the top. A clock, a calendar, a pinned-up note with the deadline for his cover, and assorted crumpled-up sketches make it clear that the artist (Rockwell preferred to call himself an illustrator) has little time and no ideas. ... More>


Investigating the (Neglected) Role of Personality in Testing

Institutional accountability assessments are common in higher education, and most have no personal consequences for students. Importantly, research has shown that in low-stakes testing environments, test-taking motivation is related to […]... More>


Study: Meditation Improves Memory, Attention


How Meditation Might Boost Your Test Scores