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297: Outsmart Your Mind to Make Learning Easier with Dan Willingham

By May 23, 2023No Comments

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to learn and retain information so much faster and easier than others? Why some people can breeze through books and lectures while others can’t stay focused for a full paragraph?

It’s also our ability to focus. Which is something that I think our current ways of life are starting to destroy. Focus works kind of like a muscle. Use it or lose it.

So the less we’re willing to practice and engage in learning, the harder it will be, and the harder it is, the less we want to do it.

But what if there’s a way to outsmart your own brain and make learning easier and faster? That’s what we’re learning about today.

Our guest is Dan Willingham. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. His research is mostly about the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education. He is the author of several books, including “Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning is Hard and How You Can Make it Easy.”

We Will Learn

  • Why we remember some things and forget others.
  • How your listening type determines how to process information and how to reduce mind-wandering.
  • A new understanding of procrastination and how to overcome it.


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