Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Spontaneous Play in the Language Classroom – Creating a Community

The seed of an idea which eventually germinated and became the research project on which this volume is based was sown while I was working as an English language teacher. For a long time, I was employed by an organization which, for the … Continue reading

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The Effects of Social communication Dynamics on Opinion Change

Many social interactions are characterized by dynamic interplay, such that individuals exert reciprocal influence over each other’s behaviors and opinions. The present study investigated 3how the dynamics of reciprocal influence affect decisions made in a social context, over and above the … Continue reading

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The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids

What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world–and how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, successful kids, year after year? This upbeat and practical book presents six essential principles, which spell out P-A-R-E-N-T: Play is essential for development and … Continue reading

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Extra-parliamentarian political power and (social) media visibility

This article proposes a typology of extra-parliamentarian politics and access to parliament. On the basis of this, it discusses implications for reliance on (social) media visibility and its implications for (dis)empowerment. Theoretically, the article draws on media studies, social movement … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking Is a Noble Endeavor

Paul (2018a, 2018b) discussed the concept of critical thinking in a series of American Annals of the Deaf editorials examining how critical thinking might serve as a “springboard” to deep knowledge or wisdom and wondering if critical thinking should be viewed as … Continue reading

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Towards a Critical Design Agenda in Support of Collective Learning Ecologies

This position paper seeks to chart a critical design agenda in support of collective learning ecologies, evolving assemblages of digital, spatial, social, cultural, and/or knowledge resources that are aimed to foster forms of collective learning and knowledge creation. Starting from an ecological perspective … Continue reading

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Compassion meditation enhances empathic accuracy and related neural activity

The ability to accurately infer others’ mental states from facial expressions is important for optimal social functioning and is fundamentally impaired in social cognitive disorders such as autism. While pharmacologic interventions have shown promise for enhancing empathic accuracy, little is … Continue reading

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Familiarity promotes the blurring of self and other in the neural representation of threat

Neurobiological investigations of empathy often support an embodied simulation account. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we monitored statistical associations between brain activations indicating self-focused threat to those indicating threats to a familiar friend or an unfamiliar stranger. Results in … Continue reading

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Mothers’ personality traits and the climate for creativity they build with their children

Parents’ attitudes, behaviors, and traits are significant predictors of their children’s creative ability. Not much is known, however, about intentional actions taken by parents to develop and support children’s creativity. Based on a literature review and a pilot study (Kwaśniewska … Continue reading

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Complexity theory

This book is designed to be an overview to the core concepts within complexity theory, presented in an intuitive form that should be accessible to anyone with an interest in the subject. Complexity theory is an exciting new area that is offering … Continue reading

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