Daniel Gilbert is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2018 he won the William James Award for “a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology.”
His 2007 book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than a million copies worldwide, has been translated into more than 35 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year.
In 2010, 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 2013, he teamed up with Prudential to do a series of television commercials meant to help Americans overcome the psychological obstacles to saving for retirement. This advertising campaign has been one of the most successful in the history of the financial services industry.
He 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, The Colbert Report, and The Late Show. In 2014, Science magazine named him one of the world’s 50 mostfollowed scientists on social media, and in 2017, he was ranked as one of the 50 Most Influential Psychologists in the World.
Dan’s TED talks have been viewed more than 20 million times, and his first TED talk remains one of the 15 most popular of all time.