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I’m a lecturer in psychology specialised in cognitive neuroscience. My research investigated brain development in young people who struggle in school.

If you find yourself endlessly scrolling through Instagram, you probably have BJ Fogg to thank for it. His pioneering work on behaviour design has been hugely influential in Silicon Valley. I was intrigued to read an overview of his work in this book and use his insights for self-improvement.

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Before reading this book, I was afraid that I bore people to death. As an academic, I have to talk to students and other researchers about topics that are often a bit dry. I also have to get my point across in writing before readers sink into a boredom-induced coma. This book provided me with some guidance on how to create engaging stories.

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I’m doing the one-paper-per-day challenge. Some papers will be hot off the press, others will be classics. Some will be relevant to what I’m working on at the moment, others will be from other areas. Each month I discuss my favourite paper here.

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Webb, C. A., Israel, E. S., Belleau, E., Appleman, L., Forbes, E. E., and Pizzagalli, D. A. (2021). Mind-Wandering in Adolescents Predicts Worse Affect and Is Linked to Aberrant Default Mode Network–Salience Network Connectivity. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 60(3), 377–387. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2020.03.010

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From kindergarten to the nursing home, friends are some of the most important relationships in our lives. This becomes painfully apparent in our current times when many of us had either too little or too much contact with our friends. This book opened my eyes to the many dimensions of friendships and the fundamental role friends play in shaping who we are as individuals and as a species.

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In this book, eminent Professor Robin Dunbar discusses friendships. His treatise covers the…


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Reading one scientific article per day is a great way to increase your productivity and broaden your horizons. However, it can seem a bit daunting at first. That’s why I’m sharing my tricks and hacks that helped me to read more articles.

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1. It’s not that hard


This book transformed my understanding of cognitive control. It’s the most up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to the topic that I have seen. If you ever wondered how we can explain cognitive control without assuming a tiny controller pulling levers in the brain, then this book is for you.

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I’m doing the one-paper-per-day challenge. Some papers will be hot off the press, others will be classics. Some will be relevant to what I’m working on at the moment, others will be from other areas. Each month I discuss my favourite paper here.

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Eadeh, H.-M., Markon, K. E., Nigg, J. T., and Nikolas, M. A. (2021). Evaluating the Viability of neurocognition as a transdiagnostic construct using both latent variable models and network analysis. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-021-00770-8

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I’m doing the one-paper-per-day challenge. Some papers will be hot off the press, others will be classics. Some will be relevant to what I’m working on at the moment, others will be from other areas. Each month I discuss my favourite paper here.

Dahl, C. J., Wilson-Mendenhall, C. D., and Davidson, R. J. (2020). The plasticity of well-being: A training-based framework for the cultivation of human flourishing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(51), 32197–32206. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2014859117

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Thanks to the current corona pandemic, most lectures are now delivered online. It seems that this is the new normal for a while. There are many advantages to online lectures, as is apparent in the popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs). However, learning from online lectures also provides its own set of challenges and requires a different approach to learning than traditional in-person lectures. In the article, I will share my top tips for learning effectively from online lectures.

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