Daniel Gilbert

February 28, 2013, 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Daniel Gilbert— Lecture
"Happiness: What Your Mother Didn't Tell You," List Art Center, 64 College Street, Room 120

Most of us think we know what would make us happy and that our only problem is getting it. But research in psychology, economics, and neuroscience shows that people are not very good at predicting what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last. Is the problem that we can’t really imagine what our futures will hold? Is the problem that society lies to us about the true sources of human happiness? Yes, and yes again. Professor Gilbert will explain why, when it comes to finding happiness, we can’t always trust our imaginations—or our mothers.

Daniel Gilbert is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

Gilbert’s work has been published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Social Cognition and Journal of Experimental Psychology; he is the author of Stumbling on Happiness (2007), and he was host and co-writer of the PBS program NOVA’s This Emotional Life (2010) and has appeared in various documentaries, both in television and feature film. Gilbert has been elected fellow of various professional groups and societies, including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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