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: Whom would you like to interview, and what would you ask?
Dan Gilbert: If I could interview anybody, I would like to interview my great, great, great granddaughter. And I’d like to ask her what she thinks we did wrong. You know, hindsight is so sharp and foresight is so feeble, that a single voice from the future would mean so much more to me than all the voices of the present.
Recorded on: 6/12/07