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Tom Gilovich

  • 14-May-2014
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • The Francis 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota Florida

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Gulf Coast CEO Forum

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Professor Tom Gilovich

The Value in Shades of Gray


LOCATION
The Francis
1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota Florida

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Registration: 7:30 am 
Program: 8:00 am - 9:00 am


The Value in Shades of Gray
If Tom Gilovich could wave a magic wand and change one element of human nature, he would be tempted to eliminate the powerful human tendency to think in black-and-white terms. People are inclined to believe that others are either all good or all bad, that ideas are either brilliant or terrible, or someone is “either with us or against us.” In reality, most things in life are a shade of gray and people would have a more accurate and more nuanced understanding of their world if they could learn to think more dialectically, to tolerate inconsistency, and to keep multiple perspectives in mind at the same time. Among other things, doing so would help to keep in check the tendency toward overconfidence, the cause of many of the most common, and most disastrous, human follies.


Thomas Gilovich researches how people evaluate information in their everyday and professional lives, and how they use that information to draw conclusions, from beliefs, and embark on courses of action. He is also interested in the emotional states that both influence and follow from people’s judgments. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. An award-winning teacher, Tom is the Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research. He has authored several books on these and related topics, notably “How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life,” and with Gary Belsky, “Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes undefined and How to Correct them: Lessons from the New Science of Behavioral Economics.”


Tom received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California and his PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

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