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Wegstock #12 – Dan Gilbert

Posted on August 24, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring the late Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. The talks are brief and are well worth watching.  We are highlighting individual talks, roughly 15 minutes each, through August and September. In this video, Dan Gilbert gives another one of his funny and fascinating talks — this one on […]

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Wegstock #1 – Dan Gilbert’s Opening Remarks

Posted on July 21, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Dan Gilbert at HLS on The Situation of Good Decisions – Another Version

Posted on February 26, 2012

From the Harvard Law Website (Jill Greenfield): There is a simple method for making decisions, from trivial to life changing, that most people find easy to understand but impossible to follow. In a talk entitled “How To Do Precisely the Right Thing At All Possible Times,” Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, author […]

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Dan Gilbert at HLS on The Situation of Good Decisions

Posted on February 23, 2012

From the Harvard Gazette: To take a gratifying, low-paying job or a well-paid corporate position, to get married or play the field, to move across the country or stay put: The fact that most people face such choices at some point in their lives doesn’t make them any easier. No one knows the dilemma better […]

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Dan Gilbert Returns to Harvard Law

Posted on February 15, 2012

Tomorrow (2/16) Daniel Gilbert, Situationist friend, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness, and host of the PBS television series This Emotional Life, returns to Harvard Law to deliver a talk entitled “How To Do Precisely the Right Thing At All Possible Times.” Most experts tell us what to decide but […]

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Dan Gilbert on the Situation of Happy

Posted on September 7, 2011

From TEDTalks: Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that well be miserable if we dont get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things dont go as planned. Related Situationist posts: The Psychological Situation of Climate Change Dan Gilbert on Why the Brain Scares Itself “Dan […]

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Dan Gilbert on Why the Brain Scares Itself

Posted on November 8, 2009

For the Harvard Law Record, Harvard Law Students, Anush Emelianova and Gustavo Ribeiro, wrote a nice summary of Dan Gilbert‘s recent lecture at Harvard Law School.  His lecture, titled “Why Does the Brain Scare Itself?,” drew a  crowd of roughly 150 students and contributed to Gilbert’s reputation as an amazing and captivating speaker.    Here’s […]

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Dan Gilbert on the Situation of Our Decisions

Posted on October 19, 2009

Situationist friend Dan Gilbert, who will be speaking today at Harvard Law School (details here), recently completed another fascinating TedTalk. Here is their summary:   “Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end […]

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Dan Gilbert To Speak at Harvard Law School

Posted on October 18, 2009

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Dan Gilbert on the Situation of Psychology

Posted on August 20, 2009

The good folks at Big Think interviewed Situationist friend Dan Gilbert and asked him about the future of psychology.  Among other things, Gilbert had this to say. Surely the other big problem facing psychology is the problem facing any behavioral science in the United States of America, which is we have leaders who don’t much […]

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Conversation with Dan Gilbert

Posted on April 29, 2008

Claudia Dreifus published her interview of Situationist friend, Dan Gilbert in The New York Times last week. It’s a fascinating exchange. Here’s a sample. * * * At Harvard, the social psychologist Daniel Gilbert is known as Professor Happiness. That is because the 50-year-old researcher directs a laboratory studying the nature of human happiness. Dr. […]

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Dan Wegner

Posted on July 10, 2013

From Harvard Gazette: Daniel M. Wegner, a pioneering social psychologist who helped to reveal the mysteries of human experience through his work on thought suppression, conscious will, and mind perception, died July 5 as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 65. The John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, […]

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Dan Ariely on the Situation of Expectation

Posted on August 24, 2009

The good folks at Big Think interviewed behavioral economist Dan Ariely and asked him about the the nature of objective reality. Among other things, Ariely had this to say: It turns out that if a physician comes to you and injects you with whatever – saline water – your body expects pain relief.  And your […]

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Wegstock #7 – Nick Epley

Posted on August 9, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and are well […]

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Wegstock #6 – Kurt Gray

Posted on August 6, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #5 – Henk Aarts

Posted on August 2, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #4 – Tim Wilson

Posted on July 29, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #3 – John Haidt

Posted on July 26, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Wegstock #2 – Susan Fiske

Posted on July 24, 2013

In 2011, a conference honoring Dan Wegner, “Wegstock,” was held at Harvard University. Speakers include Dan Gilbert, Susan Fiske, Tim Wilson, Jon Haidt, Henk Aarts, Nick Epley, Bill Swann, Todd Heatherton, Thalia Wheatley, Ap Dijksterhuis, Jon Krosnick, Jerry Clore, Bill Crano, Robin Vallacher, Jamie Pennebaker, Jonathan Schooler and Dan Wegner. The talks are brief and […]

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Seeing Violence; Doing Violence

Posted on June 26, 2013

From Case Western Reserve University on Newswise: Aggression in school-age children may have its origins in children 3 years old and younger who witnessed violence between their mothers and partners, according to a new Case Western Reserve University study. “People may think children that young are passive and unaware, but they pay attention to what’s […]

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