Researcher, writer, thinker. Author of 'The Cult of Personality' and 'Origins,' now at work on a new book. More soon . . .

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Annie Murphy Paul writes about how the findings of cognitive science and psychology can help us to think and act more intelligently. A contributing writer for Time magazine, Annie also contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, am...

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@DouthatNYT Ross, I think you mean "palpitate," not "palpate."
My review in the WaPo of an interesting new book on the science of learning, "Language at the Speed of Sight": 
I tried to kill the personality testing industry with my book "The Cult of Personality." I failed. 
@CoachA95 @cdnorman @NPR If we can—but employees faced with such tests often have no choice but to take them or lose their jobs.
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What was your first job as a journalist?

Assistant editor at the Yale Alumni Magazine. (Our motto: "I think, therefore I YAM.")

Have you ever used a typewriter?

No, but I lived downstairs from someone who did. They're loud.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

It means trying to see the world from a fresh, clear perspective, and trying to communicate that perspective to readers.