Top 5 Behind the Paper posts for 2021

The top five Behind the Paper posts shared by researchers in the mind, brain and education space for 2021 | 1 min read

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Happy New Year and welcome back to all our followers! 

The brain is remarkable for its ability to learn, adapt to experience, think bold, and dare to be different.

npj Science of Learning authors fascinating inside stories about their research in 2021, furthered our knowledge and understanding about the mind, brain, and education space.

Here are the Top 5 Behind the Paper posts for 2021.

1 Steve Pan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, National University of Singapore, Singapore, and Joshua Samani, Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE), UCLA, The United States of America. 

Shuffling homework problems helps college students learn introductory physics

2 Ge Wang, Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The United States of America.

Suppressing the Chance to Cheat in Online Exams

3 Nienke van Atteveld, Full Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP, India.

Education for a better future

4 Bruno Sauce, Postdoctoral researcher and Torkel Klingberg, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. 

Working memory - does it run like a train or more like a jeep?

5 Xin Sun, Ph.D. candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Shaylene Nancekivell, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Priti Shah, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan; and Susan A. Gelman, Professor, University of Michigan, The United States of America.

How mindset beliefs work differently for Chinese and US students

Congratulations to all npj Science of Learning authors for contributing your research stories!


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Looking forward to an exciting year of discovery about - the Brain!

Gabrielle Ahern

Managing Editor, npj Science of Learning Community.

Gabrielle Ahern

Former Managing Editor, npj Science of Learning Community

I am based in Queensland, Australia, and have an interesting portfolio of skills, experience and qualifications in content creation, and science research.