Errors in Learn Better

Despite my best efforts, I made some errors while writing my book “Learn Better.”  In the space below, I’m going to keep a running list of any gaffes or mistakes or needed clarifications. I’ll also send this list to my publisher to make sure that these errors are corrected in future editions. If you find any additional errors, please email me and I’ll list them here, and again my regrets and apologizes for the mistakes. On page 107, I incorrectly identified where Joshua Aronson did his graduate school work. He got his PhD from Princeton, not Stanford. On page 296, I misspelled … Read More

Buzzfeed Quiz

Quizzing is a highly effective way to learn, and so I had a colleague help me pull together a Buzzfeed quiz that tests your knowledge of learning to learn. Like all things Buzzfeed, the quiz is a little goofy. But it does include an awesome Batman gif. Tell me what you think in the comments.

Q and A with Paul Zak

  I first met Paul Zak as I was researching my book on trust. He’s one of the biggest names in the field, having studied the field both as an economist and a neuroscientist, and eventually Zak and I went skydiving together to see if the experience might boost my trust hormone. Zak has a new book out titled Trust Factor, and he answered a few questions via email. Why did you write the book? ​After my research identifying the neurochemical oxytocin as a key signal that we trust another person, companies started coming to my lab telling me they … Read More

Education Can Boost GDP Even More Than We Thought

Policymakers and the public often talk about how important education is for the economy, saying that schooling promotes higher incomes, better jobs, and more growth. Last month, for instance, Vice President Joe Biden argued that college degrees are crucial to national prosperity. “Six in 10 jobs will require some kind of education beyond high school,” Biden said at an event in Denver. “Twelve years is not enough.” But how much does education really matter when it comes to the economy? A new research paper gives some key insight into this question, and it turns out schooling might have a bigger … Read More

Center for American Progress Announces New Initiative on the Science of Learning

I helped launch a science of learning effort at the Center for American Progress. Here’s the press release: Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced a new initiative to promote the science of learning, aimed at examining ways to apply the new research on learning to education policy. CAP Senior Fellow Ulrich Boser is the founding director of the effort. “This project aims to put the learning sciences at the forefront of school reform, showing how the nation can dramatically improve how teachers teach and students learn,” said Boser. “This effort will bring much-needed attention to the … Read More