Research over the past two decades has deepened our understanding of the fundamental principles of human learning. Yet much of what we do in undergraduate education seems to effectively ignore these principles.

Robert Duke, professor of music and human learning at University of Texas-Austin, explains how learning theory can be leveraged to design more effective instruction and motivate students.

Introduction by Carl D. Hopkins of Cornell's Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.

The University Lecture fund was first endowed at the beginning of the twentieth century by Goldwin Smith, a distinguished historian of English birth who, in Nathaniel Hawthorne's phrase, wanted to "open an intercourse with the world."