The Stellar Research Lab is made up of an interdisciplinary team of neuroscience enthusiasts. A common interest in the importance of experiential learning and the brain basis of decision making unites us to explore this challenging yet exciting area. Because of our unique, oftentimes non-neuroscientist backgrounds, the lab is able to approach topics from nontraditional point of view to compose unique assortments of blogs, papers, podcasts and books for the fellow curious mind...
A Glance at our Blog Posts and Podcasts
Unfaced Youth: Art, Mind, Brain
Unfaced Youth: Art, Mind, Brain by Erin Conner UA’24, Antonella Mason, Jim Stellar This blog began when...Read More
The Role of Anxiety and Social Media in Experience
Birth of an Internet Salesman: The Role of Anxiety and Social Media in Experience by Andrew Keating UA’22 and...Read More
Ken Smith, Jobs for America's Graduates
Ken Smith founded JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) 40 years ago in Delaware to help struggling...Read More
Sympathetic Intelligence in Education
Robert Hamilton, Emily Barrett, and Jim Stellar: What underlies the success of the Ninja instructor as discussed in the last blog? We think the answer is most visible in the experiential context of...Read More
Mindfulness and Emotional Regulation in Patients: Lessons Learned for Experiential Education in College
Rachel Dolowich UA ‘22, Kathleen Laursen UA ‘21, Jim Stellar Consider a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other patient with a serious fear reaction...Read More
The Music of Thought and Emotion: clinical interaction in social work
Reflection and the Brain by Kathleen Larsen UA ’21 and Jim Stellar It is taken for granted that reflection facilitates the integration of affect...Read More
A view on student diversity and STEM education from someone raised in Jamaica
great description of the event thats photographed above. An absolutely outstanding explanation of... Read More
Sympathetic Intelligence in Education
Sympathetic Intelligence in Education by Robert Hamilton, Emily Barrett, and Jim Stellar Introduction What underlies the success of the Ninja instructor as discussed in the last blog? We think the answer is ... Read More
Ninja – The Art of the Modern Instructor
Robert Hamilton, Emily Barrett, and James Stellar: In modern slang, Ninja means stealth and a Ninja is someone who commits “crazy” (outside the box) acts with powerfully positive results... Read More
John Cimino, President of Associated Solo Artists
After graduating from RPI and starting to teach science in high school, John Cimino responded to another force within him that took him into a career in opera... Read More
Experiential Education complements the classical academic nature of the classroom-based college experience by bringing in direct experience with industry, non-profits, and governments. In 2017, Stellar wrote a book on this topic, Education that Works: The Neuroscience of Building a more Effective Higher Education. The book argues that due to how the brain works, students develop insight, maturity, and even a passion for their career growth, as well as key work-place skills and abilities that make them of good students, good citizens, and good employees.
In 2020, eight lab members and recent college graduates produced a book, Diversity at College: Real Stories of Students Conquering Bias and Making Higher Education more Inclusive. The book is fully co-authored (not edited) and applies lessons from experiential education and social neuroscience thinking to five key student-centered stories, such as implicit bias or stereotype threat. The book was named as finalist for the 2021 Indie book awards in the social change category and serves as a basis for recent panel discussions.