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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Conflicts At Work: They’re Not About Personality

Why do people come into conflict with each other at work? A clash of personalities is one reason that might come readily to mind. But “most work conflicts aren’t due to personality,” argues organizational psychologist Ben Dattner in a post on the website of the Harvard Business Review. Rather, there are usually situational dynamics at work that turn people into
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Be More Productive—By Doing Less

“Leisure is the new productivity.” That counterintuitive slogan emerged from a panel I attended last week at the annual conference of the New America Foundation, a Washington D.C. think tank where I am fortunate to be a fellow. The panel was anchored by Brigid Schulte, a Washington Post reporter and the author of a new book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and
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Where To Go For Evidence-Based Parenting Advice

If you’ve surfed the web lately, you know there is no lack of information and advice aimed at parents available on the Internet. As a reader and a parent myself, though, I’ve often been dismayed by the snarky tone, bellicose attitude, or because-I-believe-it’s-true subjectivity of this writing aimed at moms and dads. One place I know I can go to
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