Learning How to Learn with Barbara Oakley

October 24, 2015

On this episode of The Psychology Podcast, we dive deep into the psychology of learning with one of its top experts, Barbara Oakley PhD. She shares some tremendously practical advice on how to optimize learning, boost memory and neutralize procrastination. We also shed light on related topics like improving the education system, the mechanics of learning, popular perceptions of mathematical ability and the importance of optimistic realism. Barbara’s free online course Learning How to Learn is one of the most popular courses in the world, with well over half a million students in its first six months alone; We’re lucky to learn from this master of learning how to learn!

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Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE, is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and writer of national acclaim. Her research focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal—she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and The New York Times. Oakley’s books have been praised by many leading researchers and writers, including Harvard’s Steven Pinker and E. O. Wilson, and National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates. Her forthcoming A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) (Penguin, July 31, 2014) is opening new doors on how to learn.” -Blurb taken from Coursera

3 Responses to “Learning How to Learn with Barbara Oakley”

  1. Emma Valencia says:

    I’m sorry but this is ridiculous. He is not taking Barbara seriously at all and his comments that are not getting anywhere in the discussion are the most annoying thing.
    I’ve listened to like 6 other podcast episodes and I feel confused that he was behaving like this. So not professional.

  2. Mary says:

    It got better further in, though yeah I see your point. At one point he asks her a question, she starts to answer and he cuts her off to make some silly joke that just sucked up the time. I hate that sort of thing.

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