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Dan Gilbert speaker

Dan Gilbert

Cambridge, MA, USA

Global thought leader on happiness and decision making

Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University (2013-present)

Prize-winning author, "Stumbling on Happiness" (2007)

Dan Gilbert is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dan’s book, “Stumbling on Happiness” (2007), spent 6 months on the New York Times best-seller list, has being translated into more than 30 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year.

In 2010, Dan hosted and co-wrote the award-winning PBS television series ‘This Emotional Life’, whose premiere was watched by more than 10 million viewers. In 2013, Dan teamed up with Prudential to do a series of television commercials to encourage Americans to plan for their futures and save for retirement. This advertising campaign has been one of the most successful in the history of the financial services industry.

Dan is a contributor to Time, The New York Times, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been a guest on numerous television shows including The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and The Colbert Report. In 2014, Science magazine named him one of the world’s 50 most-followed scientists on social media.

Dan’s TED talks have been seen by more than 20 million people, and his first TED talk remains one of the 15 most popular of all time.

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"Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong. His engaging - and often hilarious - style pokes fun at typical human behaviour and invokes pop-culture references everyone can relate to. His intriguing research on how we mispredict what will make us happy has dramatic implications for business strategy, sales and marketing and understanding customers."

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