Daniel Gilbert is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His research with Tim Wilson on "affective forecasting" investigates how and how well people can make predictions about the emotional impact of future events.
Dan has won numerous awards for his teaching and research—from the Guggenheim Fellowship to the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. However, he says that his greatest accomplishment is that he appears just before Dizzy Gillespie on the list of Most Famous High School Dropouts.
Dan's research has been covered by The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Money, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, The New Yorker, Scientific American, Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, and many others.
Question: What are you best known for?
Dan Gilbert: Well I guess … What am I best … ? This is a hard question because you’re asking me to see myself as others see me. And one of the things we know from lots of research is that’s a difficult task. My conception from Dan Gilbert is very different, I suspect, from everybody else’s conception. But what I do suspect is that people associate my name with the work on affective forecasting. My name, and of course the name of my collaborator Tim Wilson, with whom all of this work over 15 years has been done.
Recorded on: 6/12/07