Take a look at my most popular articles about learning—on subjects ranging from improving your performance through ruthless practice, to what happens in your brain when you read fiction, to why daydreaming isn't a waste of time.
Hello, and welcome! I'm Annie Murphy Paul, a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker. I specialize in explaining scientific research on how we learn and how we can do it better. My book BRILLIANT: The New Science of Smart will be published by Crown next year, but in the meantime I've been doing a lot of other writing on the subject—in my weekly column, my weekly MindShift column (MindShift is the education blog of National Public Radio), and occasional essays for The New York Times Sunday Review. I've pulled together the most popular of these pieces from the past year, below. I hope you find them of interest. If you have comments or questions, I'd love to hear from you by email: And if you'd like to read even more about learning, you can visit my website, follow me on Twitter, and join the conversation on Facebook. Be brilliant!

5 most popular time columnsThe Myth of "Practice Makes Perfect"
Talking to Yourself: Not So Crazy After All
Why Floundering Is Good
How to Speak Like a Native
Why Morning Routines Are Creativity Killers

3 most popular nYtimes essaySYour Brain on Fiction
The Trouble With Homework
The Upside of Dyslexia

3 most popular mindshift columns Why Daydreaming Isn't a Waste of Time
What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains
What's the Secret Sauce to a Great Educational Game?

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This Month's Brilliant Quote "People's minds are not especially well-suited to thinking: thinking is slow, effortful and uncertain. For this reason, deliberate thinking does not guide people's behavior in most situations. Rather, we rely on our memories, following courses of action that we have taken before. Nevertheless, we find successful thinking pleasurable. We like solving problems, understanding new ideas, and so forth. Thus, we will seek out opportunities to think, but we are selective in doing so; we choose problems that pose some challenge but that seem likely to be solvable, because these are the problems that lead to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction."—Daniel Willingham, Why Don't Students Like School?

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