Tom Gilovich is the Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology at Cornell University. Among the many phenomena he has studied, he’s especially well known for his work on the spotlight effect, the hot hand effect, the bias blind spot, and regret. Tom is also the author of several books, including the wildly popular “The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights” with collaborator and field luminary, Lee Ross.
Tom is the Director of The Gilovich Judgement and Belief Lab at Cornell University. The lab is broadly interested in how people mis-evaluate evidence and make faulty judgments, form dubious beliefs, and embark on counterproductive courses of action, as well as the emotional states that both influence and follow from people's judgments.
August 1st, 2022 | 48 mins 26 secs
amos tversky, basketball, bias blind spot, black and white thinking, cosmic insignificance, critical thinking, daniel kahneman, emotions, george loewenstein, happiness, hot hand effect, i-frame, less ross, meaning, nick chater, nudges, oliver burkeman, philosophy, psychology, purpose, reasoning, richard nisbett, s-frame, social science, spotlight effect, tom gilovich, well being, wisdom
Is "the spectrum" a more helpful way to think about the world than "categories"? Tom Gilovich joins Igor and Charles to discuss the perils of black-and-white thinking, the evolving data on the hot hand phenomenon, the science of regret, why foxes are wiser than hedgehogs, and the freedom that comes from learning that we are of less interest to other people than we think. Igor considers the limits of psychological nudging in tackling society’s structural problems, Tom shares the perspective that leads him to be so unrelentingly joyful, and Charles learns that even scientists have to work hard to avoid being typecast. Welcome to Episode 48.