7 episodes

What if the only reason you aren’t doing well in school is that you’ve been lied to about your own brain?

The Straight-A Conspiracy Podcast Hunter Maats & Katie O'Brien

    • Education

What if the only reason you aren’t doing well in school is that you’ve been lied to about your own brain?

    Ep 7: Mistakes

    Ep 7: Mistakes

    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 out in the open so that we can learn from them.

    • 21 min
    Ep 6: Feeling Stupid (Shame!)

    Ep 6: Feeling Stupid (Shame!)

    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.

    • 23 min
    Ep 5: Feeeelings! Emotion

    Ep 5: Feeeelings! Emotion

    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.

    • 30 min
    Ep 4: Attention

    Ep 4: Attention

    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 automaticity and attention make it possible for you to master any skill.

    • 16 min
    Ep 3: Automaticity

    Ep 3: Automaticity

    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 this podcast tells us that your automaticity works. So, what else do you want to automate? Because if you’ve learned one thing, you can learn anything!

    • 16 min
    Ep 2: Movies! The Genius Myth

    Ep 2: Movies! The Genius Myth

    Don’t Believe The Hype About Genius: How Overselling Some People Leads Most People to Undersell Themselves

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

Swanny T ,

Great Show

Hunter and Katie are both awesome and their show is a must listen.

job247 ,

Finally

The book is really worthwhile. Glad that there will be more from this team!

Top Podcasts In Education

Listeners Also Subscribed To