avatar My New Year’s Resolutions-Reflections Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jan 17, 2011

So, I’ve been tracking my 5 New Year’s Resolutions here. I thought I’d do a little update to describe my experiences thus far. Well, as you can see, I’m going better on some than others. In brief, out of 13 days: 1. 5 Minutes of Meditation per day – I’ve hit all 13 days. I’m  …Read More


avatar Making Life Changes Through Books Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 15, 2010

As you can probably tell from my posts, I like to read (or listen to) books on philosophy, happiness, psychology, self-improvement and other, similar media (YouTube videos, songs, movies). As a psychologist, I find myself a bit obsessed by finding out “Truths” about how to live better, more fulfilling lives. I really enjoy listening to  …Read More


avatar The Nature-Nurture Model and Reading: Does Genetic Makeup or Instruction Determine Early Reading Skills Posted by Dr. Katie Shepard
May 17, 2010

Are good readers born or is it taught skills? A recent study conducted by researchers at Florida State University examined differences in reading performance among identical and fraternal twins enrolled in first and second grade on reading performance.  The identical twins tended to perform similarly on standardized measures, indicating that genetics play the largest role  …Read More


avatar An Alternative to Reading: Audiobooks Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 13, 2009

Maybe you are not like me and you are able to blaze through book after book without a hitch. At times and my life, I have done this. Since having kids, it has become more challenging though. I can definitely buy books faster than I can read them! Well, I’ve come across a solution for  …Read More


avatar Audiobooks Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Feb 8, 2009

First, I have to let you know that I’m not getting paid in any way to say this, but I really love my iPod. I have a number of podcasts that I listen to (such as Radiolab, which I posted about previously). Lately, I have been getting into audiobooks, which can be downloaded from iTunes  …Read More


avatar Reading & Fatigue Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 21, 2008

Have you ever had the experience of not being able to maintain concentration while reading and/or not remembering what you just read? Of course, this can be from a number of causes (e.g., boring or extremely dense reading material, ADHD, a mild reading disability) but an obvious but often overlooked one is not getting enough  …Read More