This week we learn about the effect of old misconceptions on learning new concepts, painful math anxiety, and healthy personalities.
- Students’ difficulties in grasping physics concepts are rooted in the incorrect assumptions the student develops before entering a physics course ( e.g. “motion implies a force” ). When these preconceptions are not addressed, fundamental physics concepts are likely to be misperceived or distorted to fit existing beliefs.
- People with high math-anxiety activate pain networks in their brains when anticipating doing math, but not while actually performing math.
- Story Spoilers Don’t Spoil Stories
- Personality traits are associated with expression levels of genes that regulate inflammation and therefore may be biologically linked to how well people fight disease.
- Big Five personality traits, OCEAN/CANOE
Thanasi is a PhD student at MIT, currently working on underwater robotics and sensing. He focuses on research and outreach projects that blend fundamental physics, technological novelty, and social need. When not science-ing, Thanasi can be found cooking or playing clarinet with Greek, Turkish, and Arabic music groups around the Northeast.
Jaime K Devine has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University. Her research focuses on how human behavior interacts with biological functioning, particularly between sleep and the endocrine system. When she is not doing science, Jaime enjoys wrestling, wife carrying and acting in horror movies.
Davi da Silva
Davi is a PhD student in medical engineering at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics and chemistry at the University of Chicago while nurturing a secret interest in biology and medicine. Outside of lab and studying, Davi enjoys ballet, bread, beer, and being less serious than he looks in his photo.