Annie Murphy Paul

Brilliant: The Science of Smart

New research on learning can help us all expand 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.
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Learning Columnist at Time.com • CNN.com • Forbes.com • MindShift.com • PsychologyToday.com • HuffingtonPost.com

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List of Researchers for Turn Testing Into Learning E-Course/BETA VERSION

Note to Brilliant readers: This list is meant to accompany the description of Turn Testing Into Learning e-course, here. The course’s coverage of Pretests draws on research by Lindsey Richland of the University of Chicago and Nate Kornell of Williams College. The course’s coverage of Micro-Tests draws on research by Karl Szpunar of the University of Illinois-Chicago and Daniel Schacter
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Turn Testing Into Learning E-Course/BETA VERSION

Note to Brilliant readers: I am trying something new! After writing a magazine article, I often feel that there’s so much more information I have left to share with my readers—often of the very practical, how-to sort that doesn’t make it into a magazine feature. I felt that way recently after writing an article for Scientific American about making testing
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When Kids Engage In “Making,” Are They Learning Anything?

 A note to Brilliant readers: The following essay appears in the May issue of School Library Journal. The issue is devoted to making and maker spaces, and includes many interesting articles on the subject—I encourage you to check it out. My own contribution looks at how librarians, teachers, and parents can make sure that kids are learning while they make
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