Get out of my way, me! The psychology of personal improvement

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Taught by Amanda Crowell

Amanda Crowell is a writer,  professor and improvement coach, working alongside hundreds of people as they work to improve some part of their work or life. At the Brainery, Amanda brings lessons and tools from improvement science, psychology, user centered design, and action research to power your personal improvement. As a professor at the School of Education at Hunter College, Amanda works with teacher candidates as they navigate their first experience in an urban public school. As a consultant at Eskolta School Research and Design, Amanda provided professional learning opportunities across the city focused on utilizing improvement science to get better at getting better.  Amanda has a PhD from Columbia in cognitive psychology and her writing has been featured in Quartz, JSTOR daily, and others places around the web.  For more information, check out her website:

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Do you ever wonder why it’s so hard to change? Even when you desperately want to start doing something differently (like save money, exercise more, eat healthier) you quickly find yourself right back where you began. Why?!? 

Understanding how your brain, history, and the flow of your life are getting in your way is the first step to finally making some change. This session will involve time to process a problem of your own, so come with one in mind and bring something to write on

If you want to learn some hands on tools to apply your newfound insight, check out the partner session to this class Change makers: taking action to change your life on June 2nd. 

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