Monthly Archives: August 2014

Cultural Divide: Parenting Style Ensures Inequality

The sociologist argued that middle-class kids are raised in a way that provides them with the skills necessary to remain in the middle class. Lareau writes that the working class and the middle class have very different methods of raising … Continue reading

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Cultural, Cognition and Human Action

To understand culture and cultural evolution we must abandon the atomized and anonymous social environment of neoclassical economics. Culture is a product and a cause of the socialized nature of human action. Examination of the phylogenetic and ontogenetic neural mechanisms … Continue reading

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Culture and Education: new frontiers in Brain Plasticity

Cognitive neuroscience has started to probe crosscultural differences in the neuronal mechanisms underlying cognitive, perceptual and social domains. Moreover, brain imaging has revealed how education changes the brain. Such research opens up a new frontier in brain plasticity research, breaking … Continue reading

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Family, Neuroscience and Academic Skills: Children’s Social Class Gaps

Current explanations of social class gaps in children’s early academic skills tend to focus on non-cognitive skills that more advantaged children acquire in the family. Accordingly, social class matters because the cultural resources more abundant in advantaged families cultivate children’s … Continue reading

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Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

A research team from PALAEO (Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins) and the Department of Archaeology at York offer a new and distinctive perspective which suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used … Continue reading

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The Oxford Handbook of Social Exclusion

Since its inception, the field of psychology has emphasized the importance of creating and maintaining social connections. Though theorists often disagree on how and why people form and maintain relationships, they agree on the importance of having a few positive … Continue reading

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Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

The Internet might be a useful tool for activists and organizers. But overall, it has diminished rather than enhanced political participation, according to new data. Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion … Continue reading

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Cooperation and Cognition in Wikipedia

The new socio-technological systems of the internet involve complex collaborative behaviors, of which Wikis in general are a particular successful case, and especially Wikipedia. This encyclopedia has created and harnessed new social and work dynamics, which can provide insight into … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking – A Concise Guide

Every day we are bombarded with messages apparently telling us what to do or not to do, what to believe or not to believe. Some messages we just ignore, some we unreflectively obey and some we unreflectively reject. Others we … Continue reading

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Reinventing Emancipation: The Pedagogical Practices of Social Movements

This paper aims to make a contribution to the ongoing politics of knowledge of those marginalized, made illegibly and spoken-over by the contemporary geopolitics of capitalist coloniality. It engages with the rich heritage of popular pedagogical practices, subaltern philosophies, and … Continue reading

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