Professor Guy Claxton

Cognitive scientist and author

Guy Claxton is Honorary Professor of Education at Bristol University, Visiting Professor of Education at King’s College London, and Emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Winchester Centre for Real World Learning. He holds a ‘double first’ in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a DPhil in experimental psychology from Oxford. His research as a cognitive scientist focuses on non-intellectual, unconscious and learnable forms of intelligence, while his work in education involves developing practical methods that enable teachers to build young people’s confidence and capability as powerful real-world learners and creators in the context of normal lessons. These methods are in use in schools in many countries including Ireland, Spain, Poland, Dubai, Malaysia, China, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, as well as throughout the UK. His recent publications include Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks (Yale University Press 2015) and The Future of Teaching and the Myths that Hold it Back (Routledge 2021).