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CBT Radio

Dec 14, 2009

This podcast is relevant to both consumers and professionals.

In this episode R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S. interviews Dr. Daniel Willingham about learning styles and other contemporary educational theories. As always, the focus is on what the research has to say. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The learning styles literature including the lack of empirical support for this popular educational notion and why it is so popular despite its weak research base 
  • Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences including misunderstandings surrounding what the theory is 
  • Mel Levine’s neurodevelopmental theory 


Daniel Willingham earned his B.A. from Duke University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University in 1990. He is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. Until about 2000, his research focused solely on the brain basis of learning and memory. Today, all of his research concerns the application of cognitive psychology to K-16 education. He writes the “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” column for American Educator magazine, and is an Associate Editor of Mind, Brain, and Education. He is also the author of Why Don't Students Like School?, When Can You Trust the Experts?,  andRaising Readers in an Age of Distraction (forthcoming). His writing on education has appeared in twelve languages.