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The Straight-A Conspiracy Podcast

Jul 18, 2018

Humans are hypersocial animals. We’re desperate to be liked and belong because in the distant past that was how we survived. We need our group. So that’s why we spend so much time in school trying to look smart and impress people. That makes us want to cover up and try to deny our mistakes rather than getting them...


Jul 11, 2018

Early on, we can learn to feel a certain way in a certain context. That can mess up our entire lives. Nowhere is that more powerful in the context of school than the feeling of stupid. Yep. Stupid is a feeling. It’s the feeling of shame. The problem is that shame is the LEAST HELPFUL response to mistakes. It causes us...


Jul 4, 2018

Your attention is your most valuable resource, but it doesn’t just float free of anything else. There’s a thing that shapes and controls your thinking. It’s your emotions. That’s right. Feeeeeeelings aren’t just for hippies, kids. They’re actually some hardcore neuroscience. Thinking and feeeeeeeling...


Jun 27, 2018

Of course, while everyone has automaticity, not everyone automates everything. In order to master things, you have to control how you use your most valuable resource: your attention. Your attention is the brain “spotlight” - that’s how you control what you automate. In this podcast, we break down how your...


Jun 20, 2018

While we’ve been taught to think of subjects in school as different, your brain doesn’t distinguish. That’s because the underlying power of your ability to learn rests on one thing: automaticity. If you do anything often enough, it will become automatic. The fact that you’re listening to and understanding...