The Author

Tali Sharot
Tali received her Ph.D in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and has a B.A in economics and psychology. She is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the Department of Experimental Psychology at University College London and a Wellcome Trust Fellow. Her scholarly research focuses on how emotion, motivation and social factors influence our expectations, decisions and memories. Her papers on the neuroscience of optimism, emotional memories and cognitive dissonance have been published in top scientific journals including Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience and Psychological Science. This work has been the subject of features in Newsweek, Forbes, The Boston Globe, Time, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, The Washington Post, the BBC and others. Tali is the author of The Optimism Bias and co-editor of The Neuroscience of Preference and Choice. She has also written essays for the popular press which have been published in The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, CNN, BBC, Guardian, Observer. She received awards and honours for her scientific work including grants and fellowships from the Wellcome Trust and British Academy.

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