Annie Murphy Paul

Brilliant: The Science of Smart

New research can help us all evoke our intelligence

Learning is the master skill, the ability that allows us to realize our ambitions: succeeding in school, getting ahead at work, playing a sport or a musical instrument, speaking a second language. Yet until recently, even the experts didn’t understand how learning works. Now research in cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience is revealing the simple and surprising techniques that can help us learn to be smarter.

img-amp-headshot Annie Murphy Paul is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. Her latest book, How to Be Brilliant, is forthcoming from Crown.

Contributor to Time.com • CNN.com • Forbes.com • MindShift.com • PsychologyToday.com • HuffingtonPost.com

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Leverage the “Fresh Start Effect” To Generate Motivation

Here are a couple of things you already know about resolutions: One: We customarily make them around New Year’s. Two: These resolutions often fail. And here’s something about resolutions that you probably didn’t know: You can use them in conjunction what psychologists call “the fresh start effect” to effectively generate motivation throughout the year. Fascinating research conducted by Wharton professor
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The Common Experience of “Math Trauma”

A note to Brilliant readers: I’m continuing my confessional streak here (last week I wrote about my experiences of belonging in college). In the piece below, I’ve chosen to share a memory from my own life because I think it is likely to be similar to memories you have as well. In writing about “math trauma,” I don’t in any
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A Sense of Belonging Is Essential to Learning

Note to Brilliant readers: The following essay, which appears today on the website of Time magazine, addresses the recent controversy at my alma mater, Yale University, regarding racial sensitivity and free speech. It’s more personal than what I usually write; I’d be very interested to hear your feedback.—Annie The chandeliers were blazing with light. The long tables were set with
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