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The Path to Success Runs through Cognitive Science

If you’re like most people, your formal education served many functions. You may have learned technical skills to prepare you for a particular career. You may have been given a chance to develop broad critical thinking. Perhaps you focused on your communication abilities. But your education did not prepare you for your career—at least not entirely—because so many factors determine how well things go for you at work.

As a college professor, I spend a lot of time around people who are thinking about their careers. Undergrads worry about getting a first job after college. Graduate students are often deciding between an academic career and work in industry, government, or nonprofits. I helped create ...

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