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Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Prize Winner, Author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, and the World's Authority on Cognitive Biases

I believe people’s lives depend on the decisions they make, so if we can teach them to make better decisions, we can improve their lives.

Affiliations: 

  • Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University, Professor of Public Affairs, the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
  • The Hebrew University in Jerusalem: Professor of Psychology
  • The University of British Columbia: Professor of Psychology
  • The University of California, Berkeley: Professor of Psychology
  • The American Psychological Association: Fellow
  • The American Psychological Society: Fellow
  • The Society of Experimental Psychologists: Fellow
  • The Econometric Society: Fellow
  • National Academy of Science: Member
  • The Philosophical Society: Member
  • The American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Member
  • TGG Group: Founding Partner

Awards:

  • The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association , jointly with Amos Tversky
  • The Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists
  • The Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology
  • The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
  • The Grawemeyer Prize, jointly with Amos Tversky
  • The Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association
  • The Talcott Parsons Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • The Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • The Gold Medal from The National Institute of Social Sciences
  • The Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement

Publications: 

  • Attention and Effort
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • Machinery of the Mind: An Interview
  • Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, co-authored with Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein

Education: 

  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., Psychology
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bachelor of Science, Psychology and Mathematics
  • Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Honorary Doctorate
  • McGill University in Montreal, Honorary Doctorate
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Honorary Doctorate
  • Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Honorary Doctorate

Danny changed the way the world looks at decision-making when he released his global best-seller: Thinking, Fast and Slow, introducing us all to the concept and impact of cognitive biases. He remains the only psychologist to have won the Nobel Prize in economic sciences (2002), awarded for applying psychological insights to economic theory, particularly in the areas of judgment and decision-making under uncertainty. 

Danny, born in Israel, is the Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University; and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His many awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the American Psychological Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  

In 2021, he released Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, introducing the idea that human decisions are impacted by both cognitive biases and noise, which creates variability in judgments that should be identical. 

He has been called “the world’s most influential living psychologist,” and is one of the leading experts and names in the fields of psychology, decision-making, and behavioral economics.