Professor Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science, will discuss his book: Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want.
Professor Epley introduces what scientists have learned about our abilities to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we so routinely make. Mindwise will not turn others into open books, but it will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself.
- Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals instead?
- Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us?
- Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do not?
- And why do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so much better than we actually do?
$35 for alumni
$45 for guest
Both rates include a copy of Mindwise
Nicholas Epley (Speaker)
John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Nicholas Epley is the John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He conducts research on the experimental study of social cognition, perspective taking, and intuitive human judgment. "Most people are intuitive psychologists in their daily lives - wondering why people think or behave as they do. I just happened to find a profession that enables me to answer these questions for a living," explains Epley.
His research has appeared in more than two dozen journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Psychological Review, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. His research also has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and has earned the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the 2010 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association.
Epley received a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy in 1996 from Saint Olaf College. In 2001, he graduated from Cornell University with a PhD in psychology, where he earned a Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of Psychology as well as a Cornell University Teaching Fellowship. Epley became an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, and then joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2004. He hopes that his students gain an appreciation for the power of scientific methodologies to provide accurate knowledge about the determinants of human thought and behavior.
Outside of Chicago Booth, Epley's interests include hiking, fishing, and woodworking.