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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Even Mild Fatigue Increases The Risk Of Workplace Accidents

Are you feeling tired right now? If so, you have a good reason. You probably got less sleep at the start of this week because of the change to Daylight Savings Time. And this annual shift reveals something important about even mild fatigue, writes Rebecca Rosen in It increases the odds that we’ll make mistakes on the job, or
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Can Young Children Understand Evolution?

“The history of developmental psychology shows that the age at which children can reach cognitive milestones depends in no small part on the cleverness of the methods used to measure their ability.” That great quote is from cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, writing for the website Real Clear Education (in his debut column for the site). I would only add that
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Why Students Don’t Take STEM Courses: No Easy A’s

Could easy A’s in humanities classes be the reason that more college students don’t take math and science courses? That’s the argument made by Thomas K. Lindsay, the director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In a post on the RealClearPolicy blog, he notes that “fewer students enroll in fields that grade more rigorously—and
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