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Claudia Wallis

Claudia Wallis is a contributing editor who writes the monthly “Science of Learning” column. A veteran science journalist, Wallis recently served as managing editor of Scientific American Mind, a bimonthly magazine covering mental health, psychology, neurology and the workings of the brain. She previously worked as an editor and writer at Time magazine, where she authored 40 cover stories and became the founding editor of Time for Kids magazine, growing the circulation to 4 million readers in seven years. A two-time National Magazine Award finalist, Wallis has won journalism prizes from the American Psychiatric Association, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Education Writers Association, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, among other organizations. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Parade, the New Republic and Rolling Stone. She is a graduate of Yale University and was a 2008-09 Spencer Fellow in Education Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Recent Stories

Helping teens find their purpose

A new movement in schools makes room for students to explore life’s big questions

How to study smarter

Don’t just highlight and reread to prep for an exam; research proves there are far better ways to get ready

When body meets mind in learning

Whether it’s reading, math or science, we absorb ideas better with some body language

How legalizing marijuana could hurt student achievement

As we loosen cannabis laws, we should weigh the impact on learning

A textbook dilemma: Digital or paper?

Do we learn better from printed books than digital versions? The answer from researchers is a qualified yes

To err is human – and a powerful prelude to learning

American educators love to emphasize correct procedure, but cognitive science says that students learn better when you focus on their mistakes