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Gilbert to speak on decision-making, Sept. 20

Harvard University psychologist Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestseller "Stumbling on Happiness," will deliver a lecture titled "How To Do Precisely the Right Thing at All Possible Times" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in McCosh 50.

Gilbert, who received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1985 from Princeton, won the 2007 Royal Society General Book Prize for "Stumbling on Happiness." The book is a scholarly and witty account of Gilbert's research on "affective forecasting," or how human beings calculate what they need to do in order to achieve happiness. Gilbert writes about the biases and other cognitive mistakes that prevent people from knowing what will make them happy. He will discuss current research in psychology and behavioral economics that explains the foibles that affect human decision-making.

Gilbert is the co-author of several textbooks, including "The Handbook of Social Psychology."

The talk is designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture and is sponsored by the University Public Lectures series.

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