Colloquium on Research Results Advancing Leadership (CORRAL), Daniel Gilbert


Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Darman Room (Taubman 135)

CORRAL: Colloquium on Research Results Advancing Leadership

The CORRAL speaker series provides an opportunity for scholars to share and learn about cutting edge research related to the topic of leadership, broadly defined. You are invited to the fourth installment of CORRAL, with Harvard's Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology Daniel Gilbert on Thursday, February 22 at 4:00 p.m. An RSVP is necessary to attend and refreshments will be served.

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Daniel Gilbert"Prospection, Presentism, and the Allocator’s Illusion" with Dr. Daniel Gilbert
Human beings care a great deal about the fairness of the procedures that are used to allocate resources, such as wealth, opportunity, and power. At this event, Dr. Gilbert will describe recent experiments suggesting that those to whom resources are allocated often care LESS about fairness than those who allocate the resources expect them to. This “allocator’s illusion” may have important consequences for policy-makers, managers, health care providers, judges, teachers, parents, and anyone else who chooses the procedures by which things of value are allocated.

More about Professor Gilbert

Professor Gilbert has won numerous awards for his research and teaching.  His popular book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, sold over a million copies worldwide, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year.  He hosted and co-wrote the award-winning NOVA television series This Emotional Life which was seen by more than 10 million viewers in its first airing. In the last few years he has appeared in a series of television commercials meant to help Americans overcome the psychological obstacles to saving for retirement. He is a contributor to Time, The New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered, and in 2014 Science named him one of the world’s 50 most-followed scientists on social media. His TED talks have been seen by more than 15 million people and remain among the most popular of all time.

Professor Gilbert is interested in how human beings navigate the complexities of time and social life. The first of these interests motivates his research on affective forecasting (how and how well people can predict the emotional consequences of future events), inter-temporal choice (when and how people sacrifice for the future), and other topics in judgment and decision-making. The second of these interests motivates his research on social inference (how and how well people understand each other), as well as on other topics in social psychology such as advice-giving and advice-seeking, communication and conversation, and so on. Professor Gilbert is captivated by a single fact—the world is not as it appears—and he uses science to uncover the illusions people have about the world, themselves, and each other.