Weekly Roundup 2-24-13

School: As if you need more reasons – than the obvious – to mind your p’s and q’s. Here’s an editorial in the Harvard Business Review written by a CEO who gives grammar tests to potential employees. Kyle Wiens writes, “On the face of it, my zero tolerance approach to grammar errors might seem a little unfair. After all, grammar has nothing to do with job performance, or creativity, or intelligence, right? Wrong. If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use “it’s,” then that’s not a learning curve I’m comfortable with.” [as a side note, a friend pointed out that when Wiens ends a sentence with ‘with,’ he hyperlinks to an Oxford Dictionaries explanation of why it’s sometimes okay to end a sentence with a preposition. This guy is serious!]

Psychology: Can two strangers become “Fast Friends”? Yes, as long as neither one overshares personal information too quickly.

Scholarship: Musical training in childhood leads to neurological changes in the brain that are related to better reading ability. Researchers conclude the evidence “suggests…musical expertise modifies the neural mechanisms of letter reading.”


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