Thursday, February 11, 2016

Education Writers to Read #2

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. A contributing writer for Time magazine, she writes a weekly column about learning for, and also blogs about learning at,,, and She contributes toThe New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She is the author of The Cult of Personality, a cultural history and scientific critique of personality tests, and of Origins, a book about the science of prenatal influences. She is now at work on Brilliant: The New Science of Smart, to be published by Crown in early 2017.

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.

In her own words about the articles at her website:  Here you’ll find a selection of articles I’ve written about learning—part of the project of writing my forthcoming book, Brilliant: The New Science of Smart. If you have questions about these articles, or a topic you’d like me to write about, please email me at

Her books
The Cult of Personality
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
Brilliant: The New Science of Smart

I love reading Annie Murphy Paul because her articles are so encouraging. As both a Gen Ed and SPED teacher, I have instinctively believed ability (IQ) can improve and morph higher. But it is excellent to read the research. The writing style of these articles is clear, concise, and inviting--like learning should be. Get her RSS feed!

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