Professional Study Tips


Art Markman, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Ulterior Motives, Art Markman, Ph.D., has done vast research on how motivation effects performance and learning.

In his 2012 article, Developing Good Study Habits Really Works published on, Markman evaluates productive study habits and their positive benefits.

Some tips he included in his article are:

  • study by testing yourself, rather than just reading
  • study over a period of days, rather than cramming
  • self testing should involve deeper questions to learn, rather than just memorizing flash cards
  • study in the evening, rather than late at night

Markman received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and his Sc.B. in Cognitive Science from Brown. In addition to his book, he has published more than 150 scholarly works on topics including but not limited to higher-level thinking, analogical reasoning, decision making, categorization and creativity.

Currently, Markman serves as the executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science and is part of the editorial board of Cognitive Psychology. His book, Ulterior Motives focuses on the connection between motivation and thinking and how goals influence behavior.

To find out more about Markman’s research and ideas about how the mind works for memorization and studying, check out his entries on Huffington Post and Social Psychology Network.


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