Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

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 ++

Education’s Future: What Will Replace K-12 and College?

The cat is slowly scratching its way out of the bag. Ever more people are becoming aware of the colossal waste of money, tragic waste of young people’s time, and cruel imposition of stress and anxiety produced by our coercive … Continue reading

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What Are the Proper Purposes of a System of Schooling?

The people who started the first widespread systems of compulsory schooling—the systems that still provide the model for our schools today—had a very clear idea of the purpose. These people were Protestant clergymen, in Europe and the American colonies, at … Continue reading

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How emotions affect logical reasoning

Recent experimental studies show that emotions can have a significant effect on the way we think, decide, and solve problems. This paper presents a series of four experiments on how emotions affect logical reasoning. In two experiments different groups of … Continue reading

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Negative effects of individualism on interpersonal relationships and happiness

We examined the negative effects of individualism in an East Asian culture. Although individualistic systems decrease interpersonal relationships through competition, individualistic values have prevailed in European American cultures. One reason is because individuals could overcome negativity by actively constructing interpersonal … Continue reading

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Effects of music on cognitive function, mood and quality of life in older adults

Reading music and playing a musical instrument is a complex activity that comprises motor and multisensory (auditory, visual, and somatosensory) integration in a unique way. Music has also a well-known impact on the emotional state, while it can be a … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Words: A Neurocognitive Poetics Perspective

In this paper I would like to pave the ground for future studies in Computational Stylistics and (Neuro-)Cognitive Poetics by describing procedures for predicting the subjective beauty of words. A set of eight tentative word features is computed via Quantitative … Continue reading

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Listening, not testing, will improve children’s vocabulary

Every few months a story appears about the declining speech and language skills of children arriving in primary school. The epithet “the daily grunt” was invented by one newspaper to capture the lack of communication between parent and child, implying … Continue reading

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Reading to your child: the difference it make

If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to children … Continue reading

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Why more grandparents are raising their grandchildren

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 is Grandparents Day. Many grandparents will receive loving cards, calls and emails from their grandchildren. However, a significant number of grandparents – approximately 2.9 million – will do exactly what they do every day. They will … Continue reading

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Ageing in harmony: why the third act of life should be musical

It’s never too late to pick up a musical instrument. In fact there are many reasons why it’s a great idea, particularly in old age. We normally hear about reasons to increase music education for children, and for good cause. … Continue reading

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