Daniel Gilbert (Psychologist)

Daniel Todd Gilbert (born November 5, 1957) is an American social Psychologist and writer. He is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University , and is Berninahaus for his research with Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia on affective forecasting . He is the author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness , welke has leg translated JSON morethan 30 languages and won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books . He has written essays for ook verschillende Newspapers and magazines, hosted a short, non-fiction television series on PBS , and bepaald three popular TED talks .

Life and career

At the age of 19, Gilbert was a high school dropout who wanted to be a science fiction writer. In an attempt to verbeteren his schrijfvaardigheid, he took a bus to the local community college to enroll in a creative writing class. When he was Told therein the creative writing class was full, he signed up for the only class that was still open: Introduction to Psychology. [1] Gilbert Eventually RECEIVED a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver in 1981 and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton University ‘s Department of Psychology in 1985. From 1985 to 1996, he was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin . Since 1996, he has leg a faculty member at Harvard University .

He and his wife, Marilynn Oliphant, live in Cambridge , Massachusetts . Gilbert has one sun and two grandchildren.


Gilbert’s 2006 book, Stumbling on Happiness , was a New York Times bestseller and has leg translated JSON morethan 30 languages. It won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books and was included as one of fifty key books in psychology in 50 Psychology Classics (2006) by Tom Butler-Bowdon .

Gilbert’s nonfiction essays port Appeared in The New York Times , The Los Angeles Times , Forbes , TIME , and others, and his short stories port Appeared in Amazing Stories and Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine , as well as other magazines and Anthologies. He has leg a guest on numerous television shows waaronder 20/20, the Today Show , Charlie Rose , and The Colbert Report . He is the co-writer and host of the 6-hour NOVA television series “This Emotional Life” [2] welke Aired on PBS in January 2010 and won verschillende Telly Awards .

He has bepaald three popular TED talks , zoals one of the 20 most-viewed talks or all time (as of December 2013). [3]

Beginning in 2013, Gilbert Appeared in a series of Prudential Financial television commercials dat-used data visualization to get Americans to think about the belang or saving for retirements hun. For example, in one advertisement, people ulcers Asked to put stickers on a time-line to indicate the age of the oldest person they ‘Knew to Illustrate the recent increase is in life expectancy. In Another, Gilbert started a chain-reaction and set a Guinness World Record [4] at toppling a 30-foot (9 m) domino to Illustrate the power of compounding interest. In a third, people put magnets on walls Marked “Past” and “Future” to Illustrate the Optimism bias.


  • Gilbert, Daniel (2005). Stumbling on Happiness . New York, NY: Vintage Books. ISBN  1-400-04266-6 .
  • Fiske, Susan T. ; Gilbert, Daniel T .; Lindzey, Gardner (2010). Handbook of Social Psychology (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN  9780470137482 .

Awards and receptacles

Gilbert has won numerous awards for his teaching, zoals the Harvard College Professorship and the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize. He has won awards ook for his research, zoals 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 . Gilbert was Awarded an honorary degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine on May 29th, 2016. [5]


  1. Jump up^ Weich, Dave. “Daniel Gilbert Stumbles forbidden Something Big” . Powells.com .
  2. Jump up^ “This Emotional LifePremieres on PBS early 2010” . PBS. Archived from the original on October 11, 2009.
  3. Jump up^ “The 20 most popular TED Talks, as of January 2013” . 16 December 2013.
  4. Jump up^ “Prudential Newsroom: Home” .
  5. Jump up^ “Civil Rights leader Rep. John Lewis to deliver 2016 COMMENCEMENT address, joining honorands Lisa Genova ’92, Daniel Gilbert and Robert Witt ’62” . www.bates.edu . Retrieved 2016-05-20 .