Finneran's Wake

Dan Willingham is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and the author of many celebrated articles and books.

His latest work, Outsmart Your Brain, offers invaluable advice for the student whose goal is to maximize his or her fullest learning potential.

But you don’t have to be a student–enrolled at a prestigious university or an expensive high school–in order to benefit from his wisdom;

We can ALL afford to become better learners, more discerning readers, and more intelligent people–and Professor Willingham is here to show you how! 

In this episode, Dan and I discuss: 

How to read for deeper comprehension; The “SP3R” technique; Active v. passive reading; The use of Highlighters, and if they actually help; Writing notes in the margin or at the end of a book; The use of electronics to aid memory; Various types of procrastination; Ways to combat procrastination; How to establish and stick to habits; Why he calls memory the “residue of thought”; Why we remember trivial things, but not significant ones; Following one’s passion v. purpose; Finding purpose in difficult settings; Whether or not rereading is worthwhile; Important advice to America’s students; and MUCH MORE! 

I hope that you enjoy this episode! 

Thank you so very much for tuning in. 

Links to Dan’s stuff: 

His personal website:

Twitter: @DTWillingham 

TikTok: daniel_willingham


His latest book, Outsmart Your Brain, available for purchase here:


My Stuff:


Instagram: Daniel Ethan Finneran (on which I post short clips from episodes)

Twitter: @DanielEFinneran


My Wellness and Meditation channel: @pneumabydanielfinneran 

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With affection,

What is Finneran's Wake?

Finneran’s Wake – where the ART OF CONVERSATION lives.

Here, no topic is untouchable, no idea inadmissible, and no one too heretical to be heard.

As the great French essayist Montaigne once said, “To my taste, the most fruitful and natural exercise of our minds is CONVERSATION. I find the practice of it the most delightful activity in our lives”.

It certainly is the most delightful activity in my life. I want it to be so in yours as well.

To that end, I humbly welcome you to my channel.

Here, we'll exercise our minds together. Here, we'll practice this delightful activity as friends. We'll engage, now and forever, in the art--the highest and most human art--of conversation!

With affection,