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CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
The Distracted Teenage Brain
Alison Pearce Stevens
A 2014 study reveals that teenage brains are more likely to be driven — and distracted — by rewards than adults'.
Fear Prompts Teens to Act Impulsively
Why do teens have a reputation for rebellion? Neuroscience might have the answer.
Stress for Success
Alison Pearce Stevens
Many view stress as a burden, but it can also be a useful emotion.
A Teen and A Trolley Reveal Society's Dark Side
A high school senior's social science experiment reveals society's ugly hidden biases.
Can a Devastating Shark Attack Really Lead to a Better Life?
A psychologist explores the way Bethany Hamilton, a surfer and shark attack survivor, managed to overcome her trauma.
When Good People Do Bad Things
An experiment by a cognitive neuroscientist helps us understand the science behind mob brutality.
Why Are We Obsessed With Superheroes?
"Over the years, superheroes have morphed to fit our social needs of the time," writes David Wright.
Why Do People Follow The Crowd?
ABC's Primetime recreated two social experiments to understand why humans readily conform.
What makes good people do bad things?
Dittmann explains how situational forces have a powerful effect on a person's ability to differentiate between right and wrong.
The author reviews three techniques that make individuals comply.
Psychologist Carl Rogers explains how self-perception can shape a person’s identity.
A 1920 experiment showed that classical conditioning could be used to create a phobia in humans.
Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just As Cliquey Online
Social media sites can act as "echo chambers" that primarily reinforce old cliques
Why Do We Hate Love?
Robert Firestone, Ph.D.
Loving another person and accepting love from another person can be a painful experience.
The Role Reverser: Growing Up Too Soon
Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.
In this article, Dr. Gregory L. Jantz tells us a story of boy named Adam who "grew up too soon" after his parent's divorce.
The Third Wave
In 1967, a history teacher's social experiment based on the leadership tactics of the Third Reich got out of control.
This text provides an overview of when and how individuals give in to herd behavior.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
“Keeping up with the Joneses” describes the social phenomenon in which people try to “keep up” with the wealth and social status of their peers.
The Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed Exercise
After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., third grade teacher Jane Elliot conducted a social experiment.