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Welcome to the podcast, Full PreFrontal: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function hosted by Sucheta Kamath. Executive Function is a core set of cognitive skills that allow humans to focus attention, block out distr…


118: Dr. Lyn S. Turkstra - Renewing the License to Get Along
Aug 6 • 57 min
Popularized by the business community, the term “soft skills” might imply that these skills are neither nuanced nor hard to obtain. But scientists and researchers who study these skills refer to them as pragmatics, the way one uses language and…
117: Cheryl Rice - Meet Where They Are
Jul 22 • 42 min
We are often astonished to read or hear in the news about a kid who grabs a classmate’s hair, or snatches food from their tray, or even kicks their teacher. The average person might focus on the obvious disrespectful and unacceptable in-school…
116: Dr. Tim Elmore - Beyond FOMU (Fear of Messing Up)
Jul 15 • 50 min
There is no generation like Gen Z whose stressors have been quadrupled by the times they have grown up in - the economic dotcom burst, highly skilled stressed out parents always in-between jobs, anxiety of a flattening world, and a…
115: Barbara Oakley, Ph.D. - Learning as a Gift, Skill, and Choice
Jul 9 • 43 min
Nothing is more invigorating than watching a young mind at work. Fascinated by curiosity and deeply enthralled in untangling its pieces, learning brings joy and satisfaction to both the teacher and the learner. But how does one make sure that the learner…
114: Mary Helen Immordino-Yang – Emotions in Learning Matters
Jun 23 • 45 min
Do emotions mess up clear headed thinking? For centuries, culture and science has dismissed the value of emotions when it came to thinking about intelligence, learning, and critical thinking. This may have led to classrooms with a certain level of…
113: Doug Fisher, Ph.D. – Shifting from Surface Learning to Deep Learning
Jun 17 • 45 min
When talking about independence and self-sufficiency in their students, educators often use the term “Personal Responsibility” which refers to the set of mental skills that neuroscience describes to be Executive Function. Teachers recognize that in order…
112: Sharon Saline – Counterbalancing Patterns of Failure
May 28 • 47 min
Having difficulties can be discouraging and counterproductive. Children with ADHD experience far more defeats and discouragements compared to their counterparts. It’s no surprise that promote thriving in struggling learners depends on the right support,…
111: Daniel Willingham – Cognitive Advantages to Teaching the Right Way
May 22 • 46 min
What do cooking, fishing, putting together a bookshelf, and a fixing a wall mount in the garage for your bike have in common? They are far easier to do by yourself than to teach it to someone. Those who teach recognize the challenge in going beyond…
110: Big Picture 7 – Age of the Resilient Family
May 14 • 41 min
Vincent van Gogh once wrote, “If I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it – keep going, keep going come what may.” Of course, this kind of striving and searching van Gogh is referring to is likely to guarantee one thing and…
109: Dr. Raun Melmed – A Prescription by Description
May 5 • 45 min
Children are an enigma! Full of surprises and full of promise. However, one can be easily baffled when their boisterous high energy turns into an unmanageable rambunctiousness disrupting the household and relationships. Until recently, it was…
108: Margaret Sibley, Ph.D. – A Field Guide to Engaging the Inner Rebel
Apr 24 • 43 min
The struggles of kids with ADHD are unmistakably unique and undoubtedly complex, but their lack of mental readiness to accept help is equally confusing. Nothing is more discouraging or draining for educators and parents than kids who resist direction…
107: Adele Diamond – Becoming More Self-Possessed
Apr 16 • 46 min
The brain’s prefrontal cortex is often described as the “work in progress” intimating that there exists a continuum of neural development shaped by an interplay between biology and behavior; each influencing the other. Naturally, Executive Function, a set…
106: Linda Graham – Bouncing Back Like a Skilled Ninja
Apr 10 • 45 min
Nothing about the COVID-19 pandemic is business as usual. In fact, the social and economic stressors are taking a toll on every single person’s sense of well-being. Those taking care of children and those in frail health have the added burden of creating…
105: Natalie Wexler – The Knowledge Gap Kids
Apr 1 • 50 min
What do extinct dinosaurs, shrinking planet Mercury, pygmies from Africa, Mesopotamian pottery, Roman bath houses, and the COVID-19 virus have in common? These are topics that once children know about, can build their knowledge of the world and expand…
104: Kim Bearden – The Teacher Artisan
Mar 23 • 46 min
There is a widespread acknowledgement that experts are made and not born and those who investigate how experts become experts that have studied the fields like surgery, computer programming, chess, ballet, music, or even firefighting agree that excellent…
103: Chris Herman, M.Ed – The Opposite of a “Won’t Do” Mindset
Mar 12 • 38 min
The classroom neurodiversity happens to pose a challenge to educators not because we have a surge in the neurodiverse student body but more likely that we have acquired newer insights into how to differentiate different learners. The question remains…
102: Dr. William Stixrud – Recreating the Personal 2.0 Self
Mar 5 • 44 min
All parents want their children to grow up, be independent, and find happiness. Their conventional wisdom says, let me push my child to do well in school, work hard on stuff, and take part in various activities to “find” themselves. Because to a parent,…
101: Suvrat Bhargave, MD – You’re More Than What You Feel
Feb 25 • 49 min
Uncertainly, unceasing demands, and all around unrest can provoke the feelings of restlessness, a state of irritability, and intense worrying and general dissatisfaction. But clinically speaking, these feelings of being on the edge are the signs of…
100: 10 Takeaways from 100 Conversations on the Science of Learning
Feb 7 • 44 min
Randomly scattered stars light up the night sky, but it is human inventiveness and imagination that has connected these cosmic dots into the constellations we know so well. As the podcast Full PreFrontal: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function…
99: Thomas Brown, Ph.D. - Ready. Fire. Aim!
Dec 20, 2019 • 48 min
When you shoot before you aim you get bad results. But that’s what everyday impulsiveness looks like for someone with ADHD. Pencil tapping, restless legs, inability to sit too long, distracted mind, interrupting others, and getting bored too quickly are…
98: Louisa Moats, Ed.D. - The Truth About Reading
Dec 11, 2019 • 46 min
The answer to the question “What percentage of 16 million children living below the poverty line have a book in their home?” is 33%. While that is devastating, the real question is, does this query truly capture the complexities of developing reading…
97: ExFiles – No More Square Peg in the Round Hole
Dec 9, 2019 • 41 min
Violet is the first to admit that people like her, who themselves have ADHD, suffer from “foot in mouth disease”. Getting herself in a jam by blurting out things, starting things but not finishing, procrastinating, and allowing chaos to continue without…
96: Dr. Mary Ann Mulcahey, Eldrich Carr, and Carmen Mendoza - Pro-EF School Culture
Dec 7, 2019 • 50 min
Thomas Wolfe said it best, “Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs”. A school culture and a home culture can have a profound impact on children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Executive Function engages the brain’s self-guiding…
95: ExFiles – Rise Like a Phoenix
Nov 15, 2019 • 37 min
Well-cultivated attentional processes help orient us to the right information in the environment which in return, presents us with the greatest opportunities for learning and success. But research shows that those diagnosed with ADHD possess far less…
94: Christopher Chabris, Ph.D. - The Clash of the Titans
Nov 7, 2019 • 48 min
Ancient wisdom has rightfully identified problems with the human mind which is ill-fitted to deal with the perceptual ambiguity that includes frequent gaps between one’s perceptions and reality. This creates a tussle between the intuitive system of the…
93: Joan Green, SLP - Augmenting Life with Technology
Oct 29, 2019 • 44 min
21st century living has put a strain on our brain’s capacity to plan for the future, process and retain information, and pursue the goals of a multifaceted life. And while moving through the highly-wired and totally connected world, one often wonders if…
92: Hanna Bogen Novak - Stuck in the Middle No More
Oct 21, 2019 • 48 min
In their song “Stuck in the Middle With You,” Scottish folk rock band Stealers Wheel’s lyrics go something like this –”Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you, And I’m wondering what it is I should do, It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face. Losing…
91: Big Picture 6 - No Ordinary Play
Oct 15, 2019 • 42 min
According to Dr. Stuart Brown, “divinely superfluous neurons” orchestrate a seemingly purposeless voluntary act that we call play. But let’s not underestimate the necessity and impact of play on the developing mind and overall human flourishing. Even…
90: Prof. Suniya Luthar - When Having It All Doesn’t Translate Into Having It Easy
Oct 7, 2019 • 46 min
Americans were never that concerned about the issues of educating children until it dawned on everybody that children are in fact “economically useless, but emotionally priceless” as described by Viviana A. Zelizer. Since then, being over-consumed by…
89: Prof. Suniya Luthar - The Affluenza Tradeoff
Oct 1, 2019 • 54 min
No one is spared from the drama and trauma of growing up, not even affluent kids. However, as hard as it is to imagine, the children of highly-educated parents with abundant material comforts and lifestyles of privilege have their own set of challenges,…
88: Michael Delman, M.Ed. - Beyond Just Semicolons & Fractions
Sep 25, 2019 • 47 min
Seeing an under-producing, under-performing, or generally disengaged kid is quite painful. They often struggle to connect with purpose and persevere when school activities get challenging. Sometimes educators attempt to engage children with fear or praise…
87: Dr. Christopher Willard - Working Out Your Heart
Sep 16, 2019 • 41 min
What’s common between a soccer mom who has a flat tire on the way to her son’s game, a Wall Street dad who just got told to stay in the office for the markets in the East to open, and a middle school girl who just got her new smart phone? They are all…
86: Big Picture 5 - ADHD Matters
Sep 3, 2019 • 38 min
Psychologist and author Alexandra Horowitz says “Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.” It’s a gift to have such attentional acumen, but not everyone is lucky to…
85: Ari Tuckman, Psy.D. - Twinning with Your Future Self
Aug 28, 2019 • 41 min
If you are taking a stroll on the beach while you have parked your car at a meter, you have to set aside some mental resources to think about the time and to make decisions to either return to your car to add money to the meter or take a chance or bear…
84: Dr. Ann Glang - The Forgotten Injury
Aug 14, 2019 • 38 min
If an athlete on the high school varsity football, lacrosse, or soccer team happens to be more than typically distracted, taking too long, has become inconsistent with routines or happens to frequently doze off in history class, the teacher’s first…
83: William Damon, Ph.D. - Purpose or Perish
Aug 8, 2019 • 42 min
The greatest philosophical writings over the centuries have often examined the idea of the meaning of life. After the World War II, Viktor Frankl’s writing often explored the idea of the existential vacuum, which plagued those who entered the…
82: Kelly Cartwright, Ph.D. - Good Readers Are Good Thinkers!
Jul 31, 2019 • 47 min
Traveling through time, visiting imaginary places, witnessing wars and famines, and reliving crusades, is all made possible by reading. It engages visual imagination, invokes emotions, and challenges our preconceived notions and it single-handedly helps…
81: Big Picture 4 - Organized Mind = Organized Life
Jul 23, 2019 • 34 min
Our lives have become so complex that surviving without shopping lists, calendars, scheduling apps, timers and alarms is nearly impossible. On top of that, sometimes, the information overload gets so out of hand that there’s no time left to pick our…
80: Dr. Debra A. Krodman-Collins - Lizard Brain, Wizard Brain
Jul 15, 2019 • 46 min
Rarely in a curriculum while learning, we ask children where they feel their emotions in their own bodies and whether those feeling change as their emotions change. Children who feel safe to tackle challenges, assured that they have the skills they need…
79: Dr. Michele Gelfand - The Invisible Giant
Jul 9, 2019 • 46 min
Other than air, what is invisible, omnipresent, affects every single human being and yet is taken for granted? The answer is the cultural norms. They are the unspoken rules of social behaviors and shared conventions that everyone is expected follow, but…
78: Kathleen Kryza - Examining the Struggle
Jul 1, 2019 • 41 min
One shouldn’t be discouraged by the fact that learning is full of struggles as these struggles are inherent to the process of gathering facts, acquiring new knowledge, and gaining vivid insights. However, the struggles that go beyond a certain threshold…
77: Dr. Mark Bertin - From Flux to Flow
Jun 24, 2019 • 41 min
Life is complicated and we all are doing the best we can to manage its inherently challenging nature and predictably unpredictable flow. Developmental disorders like ADHD, and mental disorders like anxiety and depression, further exaggerate this…
76: Big Picture 3 - Those Who Think Together, Stay Strong Together
Jun 17, 2019 • 33 min
You might be great at problem solving but the true test of executive function proficiency is not just helping someone get their car out of a ditch, but applying those same skills and principles to help yourself and get your own car out of a ditch. The…
75: Judy Willis, M.D. - Why is There No Glitter on the Floor?
Jun 10, 2019 • 42 min
Learning is magical but not every teacher is a magician! Astronaut Scott Kelly celebrated for his curiosity for space missions, struggled to find his footing in the midst of “dull and boring” high school years. More than ever before, distracted,…
74: Mark McDaniel, Ph.D. - Do You Have a Learning Strategy?
May 31, 2019 • 47 min
When learning, why is it that people often use the most exactly ill-fitted strategies or fail to appreciate the ones that do work? An educator who assumes the role of parting knowledge without much attention to imparting the wisdom of learning HOW to…
73: Mary Kennedy, Ph.D. - A Bridge to the Real World
May 23, 2019 • 44 min
The charm of entering college camouflages the real invitation to become responsible for yourself by figuring out what you want while taking care of the mundane, yet obligatory tasks of daily student life. The dread of “adulting” is further muddled by…
72: Dr. Courtney Stevens - Attention, A Force Multiplier
May 17, 2019 • 39 min
We have all done it; followed the GPS blindly and reached the international terminal instead of the domestic one or forgotten to turn off the car lights, leaving them on overnight. The only solution is to pay attention to attention and see how to get it…
71: Daniel Pink - When is the right time!
May 9, 2019 • 40 min
Well-built Executive Function lends itself to thoughtful decision making and on-point problem solving, advantageous to meeting personal goals. However, the shifting nature of cognitive resources warrants keen attention to making crafty adjustments to our…
70: Big Picture 2 - Executive Function in Education
May 5, 2019 • 51 min
Goals may not change but circumstances do. Executive Function means to accomplish the goals by changing gears, repurposing solutions, and shifting perspectives by successfully adapting to the changed conditions And doing it without losing focus, waning…
69: Professor Anders Ericsson - Experts Are Made, Not Born
Apr 28, 2019 • 39 min
In 2018, John Legend became the 13th and the youngest winner of “EGOT” which stands for the big-four possible outstanding awards in the entertainment industry: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. An awe worthy accomplishment certainly points out the talent in…
68: Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland - Unequal Dreams
Apr 18, 2019 • 38 min
What do Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, academy award winning actor Leonardo de Caprio, designer Ralph Lauren, and entertainment mogul Jay Z have in common? They all grew up poor. Their success is enviable, but breaking the cycle of poverty is a mammoth…
67: Rick Parente, Ph.D. - The Art and Science of Unlocking the Brain That Relearns
Apr 12, 2019 • 45 min
The name Shepherd Ivory Franz won’t ring a bell for many, but he is a notable individual in the arena that is now known as neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology. Close to 100 years ago, he was testing the ability to relearn after performing an ablative…
Ep 66: Big Picture 1 - From a Bird’s-Eye View
Apr 4, 2019 • 42 min
“Executive Function refers to your choreographed ability to make yourself DO and take actions using the capacity and vision for self to yield outcomes that are socially-emotionally desirable, future centered and appropriate for personal advancement.” -…
65: Dr. Julie Haarbauer-Krupa - Bridge to a Life of Hope
Mar 30, 2019 • 39 min
Over the last several decades, the public’s understanding of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional sequelae of the same has undergone radical transformation. There is ample evidence that supports the fact that…
64: Dr. Julie Haabauer-Krupa - Traumatic Brain Injury
Mar 18, 2019 • 48 min
What hazard could really be posed by daily activities like driving, biking, climbing, or walking? They don’t, until they do. An awkward step, a sudden turn, an unanticipated slip or a fall can alter the direction in which one’s life is going. The Brain…
63: Dan Habib - Next to Normal
Feb 18, 2019 • 45 min
Ability, inability, and disability rest on a continuum where the human story comes to life. Living with a disability; whether it is a physical, mental, or a learning disability is life-long work and having able partners can make the journey pleasant. But,…
62: Professor William Klemm - A Blueprint for Learning Success
Feb 4, 2019 • 34 min
Gerald Belcher once said, “The best education is not given to students; it is drawn out of them.” It captures the notion that learning and teaching are intertwined and this relationship deepens when educators keep inventing new ways to inspire kids, help…
61: Professor William Klemm - Memory Matters
Jan 17, 2019 • 41 min
Rajveer Meena from India successfully recalled 70,000 decimal places of pi (π) and broke the previous Guinness World Record of reciting 67,890 digits of pi held by Lu Chao of China since 2005. By reading about such a feat of accomplishment, you can easily…
60: Dr. Kenneth Kosik - Build a Better Brain–Now!
Jan 5, 2019 • 51 min
The hopeful expectation of living into old age is often marred by the fear of the irreversible decline in one’s abilities and mental faculties. When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, the scientific community, professionals and society in general is…
59: Dr. Kenneth Kosik - The Aging Brain’s Destiny
Dec 25, 2018 • 60 min
Even while leading a healthy mental and physical life, no one can be certain about the aging brain’s destiny. The stage of life marked by walkers, hearing aids, and memory lapses is averted by a few, but dreaded by all. Since Alzheimer’s Disease is one of…
58: Dr. Tim Pychyl - Off the Scale and Onto a Treadmill
Dec 8, 2018 • 52 min
There’s no guarantee you will step on a treadmill right after stepping off a scale with disappointing number. Goals clash with fears and anxieties resulting in procrastination, which is a common place phenomenon. But by connecting to values and committing…
57: Dr. Tim Pychyl - No More Procrastination
Nov 25, 2018 • 50 min
No one has been spared from the strong impulse to put things off for later. You might find yourself cleaning out the refrigerator when you should really be working on your taxes. Dilly-dallying and lollygagging are a few ways one’s aversion for impending…
56: Dr. Robert Brooks - Goodness of Fit
Nov 8, 2018 • 40 min
When talking about his sad mess of a childhood, author Augustine Boroughs’ fantasy of normalcy resembled to that of “fabric-softener, tuna-salad-on-white, PTA-meeting normal”. In his autobiography, Running with Scissors, Boroughs writes about his guardian…
55: Dr. Robert Brooks - Calling For A Charismatic Adult
Nov 1, 2018 • 56 min
Roberto Benigni’s critically acclaimed role in the movie Life is Beautiful, which earned him an Oscar, poignantly illustrates what a caring, charismatic adult does to shield a young boy from the horrors of captivity in a concentration camp as they were…
54: Dr. Judy Wolman - There’s No Silver Bullet
Oct 15, 2018 • 44 min
As a youngster growing up in 70s, if I had struggled to retain facts, or to learn a second (more like third) language or did not grasp advance math or failed to finish the exam on time, I would have been lectured or yelled at. In that era, I would been…
53: Dr. Judy Wolman - Navigating the Educational Terrain
Sep 25, 2018 • 53 min
No one is free form worrying about their children and their success. From sippy cups, nap times, and play dates, parents move on to worrying about lost papers, missing homework, too much cell-phone use, or not getting a part in a school play. Normal…
52: MaryAnn Brittingham - A Garden for Sutter Keely
Sep 18, 2018 • 39 min
Sutter Keely is a smart, goofy, sensitive, troubled, unserious, and lost teenager who doesn’t have the best Executive Function skills. Sutter is the main character in the movie ‘The Spectacular Now’ whose life choices are not that off the mark for a…
51: MaryAnn Brittingham - iMotivate
Sep 10, 2018 • 41 min
A child opens a fun little children’s book and comes across two words ‘trogglehumper’ and ‘frothbuggling’. He’s immediately drawn in. You can hear him wonder, “what’s that?” What a way to capture a kid’s interest and tickle their imagination! Celebrated…
50: Dr. Nancy Rappaport - A Misbehaving Child is a Discouraged Child
Aug 13, 2018 • 46 min
A recent headline read, “Demonic child on flight” that described a passenger who filmed his horrific experience while traveling with a screaming 3-year-old on a long flight from Germany to the USA. The video stirred up a Facebook controversy where many…
49: Dr. Nancy Rappaport - Hold Back the Slap
Aug 2, 2018 • 53 min
Recently, during a baptism ceremony, an 89-year old French priest lost his cool and slapped a 2-year old toddler in the face, who wouldn’t stop crying. The whole incident was caught on camera and went viral as one can imagine. The priest later said. “It…
48: Dr. Kathy Perez - Ladder to the Sky
Jul 15, 2018 • 37 min
For a west Philadelphia high school dropout, Troy Carter has had an incredibly impressive career where as a talent scout, manager, and producer he has launched artists like Lady Gaga to fame. However, his creative entrepreneurship transcended industry…
47: Dr. Kathy Perez - The Engagement Consultant
Jul 8, 2018 • 44 min
Each day, more than 7 million children in the United States are left to their own devices for at least some period of time after the school day ends. And research shows that children who are deprived of a supervised environment by a supportive adult are…
46: Dr. Julie Ann Washington - A Mistake Stick Sounds Better
Jun 22, 2018 • 40 min
When Office Depot® sells a pencil on their website the description says, “Brand Basic Wood Pencils, #2 Medium Soft Lead, Pack Of 36”. Now take a look at Nick Offerman’s website and see how he sells a pencil. He’s the actor who famously brought the…
45: Dr. Julie Ann Washington - Meet Me at the Margins
Jun 15, 2018 • 51 min
On April 11, 1734, a tiny notice appeared in the small corner of the Pennsylvania Gazette owned by Benjamin Franklin that read, “Ready money for old rags”. People poured in just as expected. Franklin, the entrepreneur extraordinaire, who also held a…
44: Dr. Roy Baumeister - A Blueprint for Success
May 21, 2018 • 35 min
Every day we go to bed knowing we have left many things unfinished, allowed intrusive thoughts about unfinished business interrupt the work flow, and wasted a lot of time. Even though, the productivity guru Stephen Covey has famously said, “The main thing…
43: Dr. Roy Baumeister - Self-Control–Antidote for Self-Sabotage and Imprudence
May 14, 2018 • 54 min
A secret ingredient in the life of an easy-going, popular kid with lots of friends and good grades is self-control. Eventually, this kid grows up into a focused, accomplished, and well-adjusted adult who lives a physically well-disciplined and financially…
42: Dr. Carol Westby - Seeing Eye Dog for the Mind-Blind
May 4, 2018 • 46 min
Wired magazine once challenged 39 sci-fi writers and creative types to put their artistry to test by writing a 6-word story. Author of beloved Wicked series, Gregory Maguire came back with a clever riposte, “From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.”…
41: Dr. Carol Westby - M is for Mindreading
Apr 27, 2018 • 45 min
In the world of limitless possibilities, there is a limit as to how much one can know about the minds of others. Take an example: Have you ever been in your head so much that your insecurities catch up with you and you fail to gauge what others are…
40: ExFiles – Prison Indeed
Apr 13, 2018 • 45 min
Frank Darabont’s most prudent decision came when he spent just a $1 for one of Stephen King’s 1982 short stories Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption only to write a mind-blowing screenplay based on the story. Eventually, he directed it into the…
39: Dr. Christine Carter - Beating Down the Ho-hum
Apr 9, 2018 • 34 min
What war can you win with a deck of cards, a bible, a dictionary, and a bottle of sherry? A war against the drudgery of daily mundane. To bring a semblance of normalcy, to push against her personal limits and to invoke her creative genius, for many years,…
38: Dr. Christine Carter - Models vs. Critics
Apr 2, 2018 • 48 min
Have you ever wondered if you’re doing it right, particularly when it comes to parenting? Have your good intentions to push your kids failed you? Have you reacted in an unflattering way when dealing with your kids’ distractibility, stubbornness, or…
37: Dr. Ronald Siegel - Optimal Executive Function Through Mindful Rechanneling
Mar 25, 2018 • 40 min
The game of Chutes and Ladders, originally invented in India and known for the snakes instead of chutes, is a great allegory for life. With the luck of the draw, you get a leg up when you land on the ladder only to be taken down a several notches often to…
36: Dr. Ronald Siegel - Who’s In Charge–You or Your Mind?
Mar 15, 2018 • 38 min
World-class athletes, politicians, artists, and even entrepreneurs have fallen from grace because of their personal salacious digressions or public tantrums. The talent that makes them rich and famous is not the same talent that helps them ward off the…
35: Jerry Hoepner, Ph.D. - Brain Reconstruction Ahead – Expect Delays
Feb 27, 2018 • 43 min
Would you be willing to head-butt a ram for an icy cold bottle of Mountain Dew? That’s the kind of lighthearted foolery that got a lot of laughs during a Super Bowl commercial one year. At the end, we see the young man sipping from the winning drink, but…
34: Jerry Hoepner, Ph.D. - Peeling the Layers of a Meltdown
Feb 20, 2018 • 41 min
In NBC’s award winning series, This is Us, Mandy Moore’s character Becca, a new mother of three, leaves the house for the first time after the childbirth to buy groceries so that she can make something special for her husband, Jack. Ordinarily, Becca…
33: ExFiles – No Comic Relief
Feb 12, 2018 • 37 min
What’s the difference between blowing bubbles in the yard, watching a drunk shovel snow in a shopping cart, and listening to Rodney Dangerfield deliver a monologue? The first one is fun, the second one is funny, but only Rodney Dangerfield’s one-liners…
32: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. - Educrystal Ball
Feb 5, 2018 • 30 min
Taking care of children by feeding them, protecting them, and loving them is not the same as preparing them for their future. American education has been through an evolutionary process; which is just a few centuries old and the quest is yet to be…
31: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. - Let’s Not Give Them Something to Talk About
Feb 2, 2018 • 37 min
If you’re trying to bum a cigarette from someone outside a bar after midnight be prepared for them to say no. Talented actor, Shia Lebeouf, wasn’t prepared. Ironically, he who has painstakingly portrayed Tennis’ tempestuous bad-boy, John McEnroe, in “Borg…
30: Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D. - The Homer Simpson Effect
Jan 18, 2018 • 32 min
The creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, once described Homer Simpson as “a loving father but he’s ruled by his impulses”. Homer often comes across more of a juvenile adult than a parent; never quite equipped to handle Bart’s bratty behaviors or Lisa’s…
29: Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D. - Most Visible in its Absence
Jan 11, 2018 • 35 min
When, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” hit the bookstores in 1984, authors Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel had no idea that their book would become a bible for expectant parents and it would top the Best Seller’s list for years to come. Even though…
28: Phil Zelazo, Ph.D. - Know Thyself
Jan 3, 2018 • 43 min
The end of the year inventory often reveals a track record of failed diets, disorganization, and an ever-so thinning bank balance which is why a recent poll suggested that “lose weight,” “get organized,” and “spend less money” are the top 3 New Year’s…
27: Phil Zelazo, Ph.D. - The Power to Resist
Dec 26, 2017 • 40 min
“In order to avoid buying those unnecessary items, don’t go shopping at those stores.” Says a financial adviser Michael Markey. But anyone who is not a stranger to temptations knows that it takes a lot to resist the holiday shopping season, starting with…
26: Randall Engle, Ph.D. - Spotlight on the Wrong Target
Dec 11, 2017 • 39 min
What does a fatal plane crash by a veteran pilot and a patient death from a wrongful dosage by an expert nurse have in common? They both might have been interrupted in the middle of critical procedures and may not have remembered to come back to where…
25: Randall Engle, Ph.D. - Fine China of Cognition
Dec 5, 2017 • 36 min
If life was a play, some activities would be the star of show and others would be just ‘extras’. The mind is often full of thoughts about the upcoming main act while plowing through the mundane, such as unloading the dishwasher, taking out the garbage or…
24: ExFiles – Self-Prevails
Dec 1, 2017 • 40 min
Fame and success is not necessarily an antidote to self-doubt. Oscar-winning singer-songwriter, Sam Smith, once said, “I still doubt myself as a singer every day. Every time I step off the stage, I have ask someone what it was like. …I really think I need…
23: Clancy Blair, Ph.D. - To Pop or Not to Pop
Nov 27, 2017 • 29 min
Jung-ah Choi writes that during a parent-teacher conference she discovered that her son was misbehaving in his kindergartner class. Upon further inquiry it turned out that her son was having a hard time complying with the class rule about not invading…
22: Clancy Clair, Ph.D. - Shock Absorbers in the Brain
Nov 21, 2017 • 37 min
At age 6, his mother said to him, “Why don’t you just kill yourself? You’re such a burden to me.” At age 9, his mother drove him away from home to the unfamiliar part of Baja, California and walked him into an orphanage saying that she found this orphan…
21: Fred Morrison, Ph.D. - Diamond Dust & Self-Regulation
Nov 14, 2017 • 35 min
In 1885, William Bentley placed a snowflake under his camera lens and took a first-of-its-kind photo only to then spend the next 50 years of his life capturing snowflakes with these incredible, vibrant designs. Apparently, the crystal of a snowflake…
20: Fred Morrison, Ph.D. - Shoelaces to Self-Control
Nov 1, 2017 • 36 min
The Google search for “how to teach a child to tie shoes” comes up with approximately 7.5 million hits. Obviously, parents and adults in general have recognized that folding over the shoelaces, crossing the bunny ears, and looping them to tie a knot needs…
19: ExFiles - Staging Success
Oct 27, 2017 • 39 min
People like Dr. Mae C. Jemison live by the dictum, “if you’re bored, you are not paying attention.” That philosophy has served her well as she is a former NASA astronaut and the first woman of color in the world to go to space. She could pay attention and…
18: Carol Tavris - I’m Not My Mistakes
Oct 24, 2017 • 32 min
Have you ever tried to point out mistakes in someone – maybe in your child, spouse, employee, or even your boss? And what do you get? A sharp rebuttal or a strong push back. Peace comes to those whose self-concept and behaviors are in harmony with each…
17: Carol Tavris - The Sharp Sting of Dissonance
Oct 16, 2017 • 37 min
Your 20-something-year-old son decides to buy a car without your help and you come to find out that he got ripped off. He tells you the story of what happened and you cannot believe it. Apparently, your son agreed to buy a car off Craigslist, gave your…
16: Frans de Waal - Demystifying the Bi-Polar Ape
Oct 10, 2017 • 38 min
On a daily basis we direct our attention, guide our instincts, and move from making micro to macro decisions feeling that we are fully in control of our inner machinery called the brain. While exploring the nature and development of Executive Function…
15: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. - From Pimples to Projects: Taking Charge of HOW to Learn
Oct 3, 2017 • 47 min
Pre-teen years are a breeding ground for pimples, mood swings, eye-rolls, and social awkwardness. But that’s not the only stuff these kids have to adjust to. There is a remarkable shift in academic demands that’s far out and equally daunting. During the…
14: Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D. - Project “Run-Away”
Sep 26, 2017 • 43 min
If not properly handled, some projects can spiral out of control like a runaway train. Assignments involving project-based learning professes that children learn best when they experience the real-world problems and solve them on their own. In one of the…
13: Prof. Mark McDaniel - Don’t Forget You’ll Forget–How To Improve Prospective Memory
Sep 18, 2017 • 40 min
What do a sponge, a needle, or a drill bit fragment have in common?Well these are the most common but harmful things that a surgeon can leave inside you that don’t belong there. Remembering to retrieve things out of patient’s cavity before suturing the…
12: Prof. Mark McDaniel - Prospective Memory–Your Memory For The Future
Sep 11, 2017 • 37 min
Elephants never forget! But I guess we do. Forgetting to drop off dry cleaning, book a hotel or register for a class on time can cause disruption if not devastation. Everyday we make plans to do things in the future. We have great intentions and a…
11: Dr. Hal Hershfield - Befriend Your Estranged Future-Self
Sep 4, 2017 • 45 min
However creative we might be, the human blind spot disallows us from imagining ourselves vividly in the distant future. Neuroscience says we are far better at constructing our past from memory as compared to projecting ourselves as a distant future-self.…
10: Dr. Bonnie Singer - The Right Way to Write
Aug 28, 2017 • 34 min
Since I read about Jeff Bezos’ email from June 9, 2004, I have concluded that my clients need my training to survive at Amazon!” Why?” you ask. Well, Bezos is demanding that his team use their Executive Function when making a pitch for a new idea. He…
9: ExFiles - My Career
Aug 25, 2017 • 39 min
We love stories because they change our perspective. They give us a window into the lives of many through which we get to witness extraordinary evidence of human resilience. Noam Chomsky once said, “It is quite possible, overwhelmingly probable, one might…
8: Dr. Bonnie Singer - Write to Finish!
Aug 21, 2017 • 37 min
“For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.” These 6 words capture your attention, hook your emotions, and unleash your imagination. Apparently, legend has it that during an afternoon lunch with friends, Hemingway bet that he could write the shortest novel in six…
7: Nancy Beane - How to Prepare for College Success
Aug 14, 2017 • 41 min
It might be a little late in the game if you are just beginning to formulate a parenting strategy for your college-bound student so that they will communicate, collaborate, or reciprocate to parental guidance. Recently at a parent coffee meeting, a few…
6: Nancy Beane - The Starter Key to “Adulthood”
Aug 7, 2017 • 36 min
As parents, we pride ourselves on getting our teenagers ready to take off and succeed on their own. We have placed them into schools with a similar hope that they will leave prepared with skills to make good choices and to adjust to new challenges. But is…
5: Peg Dawson, Ed.D. - Executive Function Skills Can Be Explicitly Taught
Jul 31, 2017 • 29 min
It’s hard to sympathize with a kid who never finishes his classwork on time, doesn’t put away his toys without a reminder, or cannot seem to carryover that love and focus for video games into school work. Strong Executive Function skills are required to…
4: Peg Dawson, Ed.D. - The Untold Story of “Failure to Launch”
Jul 24, 2017 • 32 min
In recent years, Hollywood has glorified and glamorized the stories of “epic failures to launch” with great humor and light-heartedness. The untold story behind each failure is an utter lack of discipline, no impulse control, and zero goal planning. The…
3: Russell Barkley, Ph.D. - Training, Learning, & the ADHD Brain
Jul 17, 2017 • 41 min
No doubt that the child who is late, disorganized and scattered needs help. But are you lecturing, punishing or giving zeros to that child in hopes that he will stop messing around and just get over it? On today’s Podcast, Dr. Russell Barkley will discuss…
Ep 2: Russell Barkley, Ph.D. - Unraveling Human Self-Regulation
Jul 11, 2017 • 39 min
Anyone struggling with inattention or distractibility, general impulsivity and poor motivation is going struggle with learning. However, conventional wisdom trivializes underachievement related to these struggles and there’s a risk that the sufferers may…
Episode 1: Introduction to the Full PreFrontal Podcast
Jul 6, 2017 • 49 min
I talk about my vision for the Full PreFrontal Podcast and why you should tune in.