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Psychology Speakers

 

If you think the conscious and unconscious mind is well-mapped, then think again. Our psychology speakers explore the great mysteries of the human mind—our intelligence, our emotions, our personality and desires—and help us redefine how we think, feel, and know.

 

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Lera Boroditsky

Cognitive Scientist

“Do the languages that we speak shape the way that we think?” Lera Boroditsky’s TED Talk—on how people view the world differently, based on their linguistic backgrounds—has been viewed an astonishing 37 million times. Boroditsky is a celebrated cognitive scientist and one of the “25 Visionaries Changing the World” (Utne). 
Jamil Zaki

Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab

Most people think empathy is a trait—you have it or you don’t. Meaning, if you find empathy too hard, there’s nothing you can do. But empathy is a skill that anyone can get better at, says Jamil Zaki, a Stanford psychologist and one of America’s pre-eminent speakers on empathy.
 
Patrick Sharkey

NYU Professor | Sociologist | Author of Uneasy Peace

Over the past 25 years, American cities have transformed. Violence has become less common in major urban centers, and citizens feel more connected to their communities than ever before. But crime still occurs, and the dated systems meant to apprehend it have been called into question. 
 
Adam Alter

New York Times Bestselling Author of Drunk Tank Pink and Irresistible

Adam Alter is a bestselling author who studies how we think and decide—how consumers spend, doctors diagnose, judges punish, and investors invest. In his new book, Irresistible, he explores how tech c...

Maria Konnikova

Science Blogger for The New Yorker | New York Times Bestselling Author of The Confidence Game and Mastermind

Mindfulness. Decision-making. Creativity. Attention. Resilience. When it comes to the mind, Maria Konnikova is a brilliant Swiss Army knife. A New Yorker writer and the bestselling author of Mastermind and The Confidence Game, she offers spellbinding talks on how work and life are both enriched by a deeper understanding of psychology.
 
Eric Klinenberg

Author of Palaces for the People and Going Solo, and Co-Author of NYT Bestseller Modern Romance with Aziz Ansari,

Eric Klinenberg is a social scientist who sheds light on massive demographic, social, and environmental transformations. In Heat Wave, he takes a look at the future of cities in the age of climate change. In Going Solo, he charts the societal impact of people who live alone. 
 
Steven Pinker

Author of Enlightenment Now and The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker asks the big questions about human progress—and sets out, in public, to answer them. In 2018’s Enlightenment Now, Pinker argues that, despite the headlines, the world is getting better, ...

Mitch Prinstein

Author of Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World

‘Popularity’—it’s not just a memory from high school. To Mitch Prinstein, it’s a key influencer of our success, relationships, and happiness today. In Popular, this leading psychologist unpacks the wa...

Susan Pinker

Psychologist and Author of The Village Effect and The Sexual Paradox

Psychologist and award-winning author Susan Pinker is a seasoned observer of modern communication and social contact. Whether writing on gender differences, as in The Sexual Paradox, or on why face-to...

David Rand

Expert in Human Cooperation | Associate Professor of Psychology, Economics & Management at Yale University

How do we get people to cooperate—even when pitching in means sacrificing time, energy, and resources? Ask David Rand. He’s a behavioral economist who studies the benefits of cooperation: essential fo...