LearnFast logo with no background.png


Delivering the world’s best evidence based solutions for learning

The Learning Success Blog

50 Year study: Behaviour influences income more than IQ    

Posted by Peter Barnes on April 4, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Peter Barnes

New research shows behaviour in high school is a stronger predictor than IQ or socio-economic background of better jobs and higher income.  

The research has been published by the American Psychological Association based on data collected from 346,660 U.S. high school students in 1960 and follow up research 11 and 50 years later.

The 1960 high school phase measured a variety of student behaviours and attitudes as well as personality traits, cognitive abilities, parental socioeconomic status and demographic factors.

The follow-up surveys measured overall educational attainment, income and occupational prestige.

Read More

Topics: School, Learning Capacity, Behaviour, Careers, Social & Emotional Learning

New Oppositional Defiant Disorder Infographic for Parents & Teachers

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 25, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Peter Barnes

Many of our readers, and listeners to the Learning Capacity Podcast have expressed interest in oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

They want to understand what behaviours are typical of a child with ODD,  what causes this troubling condition, and what the treatments are.

If this is something that interests you, and you have not read our two blogs or listened to the podcasts, here they are:

How to Deal with Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Dr Shan Ong  explains.

5 Signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder & 4 Ways to Help an ODD Child.

Now we have an additional resource to share, thanks to Dr Lauren Feiden at the Manhattan Psychology Group in New York. It is an infographic they sent to us after reading our blogs.

Read More

Topics: Behaviour

How to Deal with Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Dr Shan Ong Explains

Posted by Colin Klupiec on April 15, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Colin Klupiec

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD, can be traumatic to deal with. 

A child's oppositional or defiant behaviour needs to be consistent and obvious for about 6 months, before it's classified as ODD. This can seem like a long time before parents make decisions to do something about it. 

Dr Shan Ong is a developmental paediatrician with deep experience in this field.

I spoke to him on the Learning Capacity podcast, and asked about ODD. What does it mean for parents to take the first steps in handling the situation? And what can parents expect?  Dr Ong  explained that for parents it's a mixture of emotions from relief to denial.  They have to come to terms with the long road ahead. 

We also talked about the role of the child's school. How the school fits in with strategies at home. And  the relationship with a medical professional. 

I started by asking Dr Ong to clarify what defiant behaviours might look like.

Listen to the discussion:

Read More

Topics: Podcasts, Behaviour

5 Signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder & 4 Ways to Help an ODD Child

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 28, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Peter Barnes

Does your child argue a lot – with you or teachers?  Does he or she seem to anger easily?  Is this behaviour worrying you?

It could be quite normal – just a phase your child is going through. On the other hand they may have oppositional defiant disorder, also known as ODD.

There are five signs which can point to ODD, according to Dr Martha Burns, Director of Neuroscience Education at Scientific Learning Corporation.  In a recent conversation on the Learning Capacity Podcast, she described the signs and discussed how to help a child who has this disorder.



Read More

Topics: Brain Science, Podcasts, Behaviour

5 Risks - Is Tech Use Really Bad for Learning Capacity & Behaviour? 

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 4, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Peter Barnes

What's your opinion about young children using computer technology?  Do you think too much use is a problem? How much is too much? Is it a problem for their intellectual, social, emotional, or physical development? Does it reduce their learning capacity and contribute to behaviour problems?

If you have, like me, been reading some of the commentary about this issue, it would be easy to believe that there is definitely a problem. Or you might have an uneasy feeling that in some ways, for some children it could be.

Well, maybe it's time to think again. 

Read More

Topics: Learning Capacity, Behaviour

      Subscribe to Email Updates

      Recent Posts

      LearnFast Blog

      All about Neuroscience & Learning

      Are you interested in trends in learning, learning technology, education, neuroscience, or treatments for learning difficulties – including auditory processing disorder, dyslexia, attention, autism and others?

      Do you have children or students you want to help achieve more from their education?

      Does literacy enhancement or English as a Second Language interest you?

      Find out what’s happening on these and other topics related to neuroscience and learning, read comments on the latest research, and join the discussions.