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March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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GS03 KEYNOTE: Learning Beyond the Myths

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Friday, March 18

Palm Ballroom

There is a tremendous amount of information circulating about learning. A challenge for many learning professionals is discerning between a scientifically proven theory related to learning and a learning myth that sounds and feels right, but is not based on scientific evidence. In this keynote, Annie Murphy Paul will explore learning beyond the common myths, sharing findings from cognitive science and psychology related to the extension and transfer of knowledge. She will also share compelling evidence that intelligence itself can be acquired, highlighting persuasive examples from real-life schools and workplaces.

Annie Murphy Paul

Author and journalist

TIME magazine

Annie Murphy Paul is an author, journalist, and consultant who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. A contributing writer for TIME magazine, Ms. Murphy Paul writes a weekly column about learning for and blogs about learning at,,,, and She contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. Ms. Murphy Paul is the author of The Cult of Personality, a cultural history and scientific critique of personality tests; Origins, a book about the science of prenatal influences; and her latest book, Brilliant: The New Science of Smart.

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