About Tess Klingenstein

Tess Klingenstein was a 2014 Spring intern.

The Myth of Multitasking: One Thing at a Time

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T11:29:20-05:00July 1st, 2014|

I have a bad habit of multitasking. I watch TV while I study, listen to music while I study, and hang out with friends while I study. Doing two things at once makes me feel as if I’m making better use of my time. But, interestingly, researchers have discovered that humans can’t actually multitask. What we call multitasking is really just quickly switching [...]

Speaking of Speaking: The Hype Behind Hyperpolyglots

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T11:13:01-05:00June 19th, 2014|

I speak one language fluently, and that’s English. I can neither speak nor understand Hebrew, although I can read it. I recognize the occasional Latin vocabulary word, can hold a disjointed conversation in Spanish and know how to communicate the basics in American Sign Language, falling back on finger spelling if necessary. However, I often think how great it would be if I could [...]

Who Doesn’t Judge a Book By its Cover?

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T11:05:38-05:00June 10th, 2014|

When I think of The Catcher in the Rye, I think of its iconic cover: the yellow font overlaying the merry-go-round horse, the way the red drapes itself over the white background and seems to continue off the page. Similarly, when I think of The Great Gatsby, a face sculpted out of a dark blue sky comes to mind, fireworks lighting up the bottom of [...]

Not Your Grandmother’s Book Club

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T10:57:30-05:00May 22nd, 2014|

When I was younger, having a movie marathon was one of my favorite things to do with my sisters. We would bake chocolate chip cookies, slip into our pjs and spend the afternoon in front of the television, watching back-to-back Meg Ryan romantic comedies. It’s true that watching movies can be a solitary activity, but we always found it more enjoyable with company. Reading, [...]

Ramifications of Gamification

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T10:45:59-05:00May 8th, 2014|

When I was in school, I was one of those kids who hated gym class. I would purposely strike out during kickball so that I could return to the bench as soon as possible; I would let myself get hit when playing dodge ball rather than spend the energy swerving; and I always walked the mile during the annual presidential fitness test, linking [...]

Piecing Together PISA Results

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T10:35:04-05:00April 17th, 2014|

When the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results came out in 2012, they received more attention than usual because of the recent changes in educational policy. Measured against 64 other countries, 33 of which are other member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), American teenagers came in seventeenth in reading, twenty-first in science and twenty-sixth in math. The rankings were [...]

Internet Grammar: #Fail?

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T10:29:45-05:00April 3rd, 2014|

The internet has undoubtedly changed the way we speak. BTW (alternatively, beeteedubs) has crawled its way into my daily vocabulary. Yesterday, my friend ended her sentence with IRL; my puzzled look led her to explain: “in real life.” Last week, I made a joke to my fifty-five-year-old father, to which he responded: “LOL.” But the internet has done more than create everyday acronyms; it has changed [...]

A Gaggle of Google Books

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T10:28:05-05:00March 27th, 2014|

Since December 2004, Google has been working to create a “comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog” by scanning thousands of books, converting the scans to searchable text, and uploading the content into its digital database. Many of these books are out of print, collecting dust and mold on the far shelves of libraries. It’s likely that without Google’s rehabilitating project, these books would eventually [...]

A Study of Fiction

By Tess Klingenstein|2018-11-08T10:23:40-05:00March 13th, 2014|

Two studies came out in 2013—one administered in the Netherlands, the other in the US—that suggest that people who read literary fiction are more skilled at reading, and consequently are more skilled at relating to others. David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, two American social psychologists from the New School for Social Research, investigated whether peoples’ Theory of Mind (ToM)—the ability to recognize that other people [...]

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