How We Learn: The New Science of Education and the Brain, Stanislas Dehaene, 2020

The Gist

This book is an exploration of human learning; what it is, how we know and what can be done to improve it. It’s detailed and scientific.

What’s Good

It’s well researched and offers a well-argued model of how we learn based on neuroscience.


The short-term memory of a literate person is almost double that of someone who has never attended school. For each additional year of education, IQ increases by one to five points.

Something to Try

Don’t give up on learners, especially young learners. Experience and learning can influence the plasticity of the brain making permanent and beneficial changes throughout life.