Monthly Archives: July 2014


Creative Disobedience in the Classroom (NPR: The Conversation)

The Conversation

Creative Disobedience In The Classroom

David Hyde
From 07/11/2011 at 12:20 p.m.

Andrea Kuszewski thinks the US education system is not doing enough to foster creative thinking. She says teachers should be encouraging creative disobedience. Can creativity be taught? Do we really need more disobedience in the classroom? What’s your experience as a teacher, student or parent?


Andrea Kuszewski blogs about cognitive neuroscience and psychology at The Rogue Neuron. She is a researcher at the VORTEX Research Institute, and she blogs for Scientific American.

To read the essay from Scientific American that was the inspiration for this interview, go here.

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Interview on Futureproof (News Talk Science Ireland): The Science of Chessboxing

Here I discuss the science behind the sport of Chessboxing on Futureproof, Ireland’s NewsTalkScience program. 

“Possibly the strangest hybrid ever invented, chessboxing is also among the most difficult sports in the world. Invented by Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh and inspired by the French comic book ‘Le Froid Equateur’, it involves alternate rounds of chess and boxing. This Saturday at 6pm, we speak to Andrea Kuszewski about the effects of chessboxing on the brain, why it’s tough to concentrate on your rooks while your body is in fight-or-flight mode, and why chessboxing may be a tool to fight bullying.”




The Power of Science Narrative to Teach, Excite, and Inspire Action

This is from Humanity+ @San Francisco, 2012.

The Power of Science Narrative to Teach, Excite, and Inspire Action
As science communicators, we need to do more than just entertain — we need to inform; to persuade; to inspire action. One of the biggest challenges in selling ideas about radical science and technology is engaging and exciting an audience in a way that is non-threatening, believable, and structured in a way that they can relate to personally. You want to get people on-board and excited about your ideas, but if you take it too far on the awe-spectrum without getting that personal connection, it may seem too much like science fiction, and not like something that is easily adoptable for them, in their lifetime. Good science communication is more than just making science accessible — more than just losing the jargon, and more than just reaching out to new audiences. The best science communication uses facts intertwined with a compelling narrative — a delicate balance of awe and reality — that people can relate to on a personal level. If the story feels personally relevant, and they can see themselves as part of the story, then people will be more willing to not only entertain those ideas, but to take action as well.

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