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...

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.