Dr. Tali Sharot

2019 Speaker

DR. TALI SHAROT is a leading expert on human decision-making, optimism and emotion. She combines research in psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience to reveal the forces that shape our decisions, beliefs and expectations of the future.  Sharot is a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London, and currently a visiting professor at MIT. She also directs the Affective Brain Lab. Sharot is the author of The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others and the The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain. Her papers have been published in top scientific journals including Nature, Science, and Nature Neuroscience. This work has been the subject of features in Newsweek, Forbes, The Boston Globe, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, The Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, and others. She has also written essays for the popular press which have been published in TIME (cover story), The New York Times, and BBC among others, and was a speaker at TED’s annual conference 2012. She earned her PhD from New York University.

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