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The Science of Thriving

with Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson + 22 Experts
There’s a lot of advice out there – but where’s the evidence that it actually works? Join an extraordinary group of world-renowned scientists, psychologists, and experts as they explain how each of us can be happier and more effective in every area of our lives, by understanding the science of thriving.

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Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

with Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson
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Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of motivation. She is currently the Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia Business School. Heidi is also an expert blogger for 99u, Fast Company, WSJ.com, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. Learn more about Heidi
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To Sell is Human

with Daniel Pink
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Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books– including the long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His latest book, To Sell is Human, is a #1 New York Times business bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and a #1 Washington Post nonfiction bestseller. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children. Learn more about Daniel
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Choke: The Secret to Performing Under Pressure

with Sian Beilock
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Sian L. Beilock is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Chicago. Her research program sits at the intersection of cognitive science and education. She explores the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations. Dr. Beilock's research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education (Institute of Education Sciences). Her book, Choke: What The Secrets Of The Brain Reveals About Getting It Right When You Have To came out in Fall, 2010. Learn more about Sian
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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone, Especially Ourselves

with Dan Ariely
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Dan Ariely is an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics. He teaches at Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight. Ariely's talks on TED have been watched over 4.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times best sellers, as well as The Honest Truth about Dishonesty. Learn more about Dan
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Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence

with Tory Higgins
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E. Tory Higgins is the Stanley Schater Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Professor Higgins works at the intersection of motivation and cognition and is most reecntly interested by the general question, "Where does value come from?", and the more specific question, "What makes a decision good?" In 2000, he was the recipient of both the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association Award. He has been an editorial consultant to several professional journals, and he has served as an advisor and consultant to many governmental and academic organizations. Learn more about Tory
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Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan

with Francesca Gino
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Francesca Gino is Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations, & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School and the author of Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan. Her research focuses on judgment and decision making, social influence, and ethics and creativity. Her studies have been featured on CNN and NPR, as well as in leading print publications including Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, and Psychology Today. In 2009, the New York Times featured Gino’s research in The 9th Annual Year in Ideas. Learn more about Francesca
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Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt

with Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
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Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, consumer analytics, and talent management. He is a Professor of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL), Vice President of Research and Innovation at Hogan Assessments, and has previously taught at New York University and the London School of Economics. Dr. Tomas has published 7 books and over 100 scientific papers, making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation. His work has received awards by the American Psychological Association and the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, to which he is now director. Learn more about Tomas
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The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment

with Elizabeth Grace Saunders
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Elizabeth Grace Saunders is the founder and CEO of Real Life E® a time coaching and training company that empowers individuals who feel guilty, overwhelmed and frustrated to feel peaceful, confident and accomplished through an exclusive Schedule Makeover™ process. She is an expert on achieving more success with less stress. Real Life E® also increases employee productivity, satisfaction and work/life balance through custom training programs. Learn more about Elizabeth
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Ungifted: Intelligence Refined (The Truth About Talent, Practice, Creativity, & The Many Paths to Greatness)

with Scott Barry Kaufman
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Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. is a cognitive psychologist interested in the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality. He applies a variety of perspectives to come to a richer understanding and appreciation of all kinds of minds and ways of achieving greatness. He is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University, where he teaches courses on cognitive psychology and human intelligence. He's also the author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, co-founder of The Creativity Post, and writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American Mind. Learn more about Scott
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Smart Thinking

with Art Markman
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Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. Before coming to the University of Texas, Art taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Art's research explores thinking. He has studied the way people form and use analogies, the mechanisms of decision making, the modes that allow people to form a categories, and the influences of motivation on reasoning. Art is also the executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science and is a former executive officer of the Cognitive Science Society. Learn more about Art
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Compelling People

with Amy Cuddy
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Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, uses experimental methods to investigate how people judge each other and themselves. Her research suggests that judgments along two critical trait dimensions – warmth/trustworthiness and competence/power – shape social interactions, determining critical life outcomes (e.g., hiring, elections, dating). Her TED Talk on how our body language shapes our thoughts, feelings, and physiology has been viewed more than 7 million times and ranks among top 10 most viewed. In 2013, Business Insider named Amy one of "50 Women Who Are Changing the World." Learn more about Amy
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The Antidote: The Power of Negative Thinking

with Oliver Burkeman
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Oliver Burkeman is a writer for The Guardian based in Brooklyn, New York. His new book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection. Each week in his blog This Column Will Change Your Life, he writes about social psychology, self-help culture, productivity and the science of happiness, and make unprovoked attacks on The Secret. He also blogs about things for Guardian US and writes a monthly column for Psychologies magazine. Learn more about Oliver
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Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

with Kristin Neff
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Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, co-created with her colleague Chris Germer at Harvard University, is called Mindful Self-Compassion. Her book Self-Compassion was published by William Morrow in April, 2011. Learn more about Kristin
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Mindset: The New Science of Success

with Carol Dweck
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Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and she has appeared on Today and 20/20. Learn more about Carol
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Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

with Adam Grant
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Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. He has been recognized as Wharton’s single-highest-rated teacher, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver, and a professional magician. Adam is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. In 2011, he won achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Learn more about Adam
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Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

with Maria Konnikova
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Maria Konnikova's first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 16 languages. Maria writes the “Literally Psyched” column for Scientific American, where she explores the intersection of literature and psychology, and formerly wrote the popular psychology blog “Artful Choice” for Big Think. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Observer, Scientific American MIND, and Scientific American, among other publications. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, creative writing, and government, and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. Learn more about Maria
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What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

with Laura Vanderkam
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Laura Vanderkam is a nationally recognized writer who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives. Laura is the author of All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending (Portfolio, March 1, 2012), 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010), and Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007). She is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, writes the “168 Hours” blog for CBS MoneyWatch, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, Fortune.com, and other publications. Learn more about Laura
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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, & The Hidden Power of Character

with Paul Tough
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Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which has spent 12 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. Paul is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, parenting, poverty, and politics, including cover stories on character education, the achievement gap, and the Obama administration’s poverty policies. Learn more about Paul
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Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

with Adam Alter
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Adam Alter’s first book is Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors. Alter is an assistant professor of marketing and psychology at NYU’s Stern School of Business and psychology department. His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing, and the psychology of judgment and decision-making. His work has been published widely in academia—including in The Journal of Experimental Psychology and at the National Academy of Sciences—and has been featured in the mainstream media, on PBS and BBC, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.  Alter has also written for Psychology Today, The Atlantic, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. Learn more about Adam
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Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

with Matt Lieberman
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Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D. is a Professor and SCN (Social Cognitive Neuroscience) Lab Director at UCLA Department of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Lieberman conducts research into the neural bases of social cognition and social experience, with particular emphasis on the neural bases of emotion regulation, persuasion, social rejection, self-knowledge, theory of mind, and fairness. His research interests also include Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Neural Bases of Automatic and Controlled Social Cognition & Affect and Neural Bases of Personality. Lieberman is the founding editor of the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Lieberman's work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, DARPA, and the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Matt
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Brilliant: The Science of Smart

with Annie Murphy Paul
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Annie Murphy Paul is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. A contributing writer for Time magazine, she writes a weekly column about learning for Time.com, and also blogs about learning at CNN.com, Forbes.com, MindShift.com, PsychologyToday.com and HuffingtonPost.com. She contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She is the author of The Cult of Personality, a cultural history and scientific critique of personality tests, and of Origins, a book about the science of prenatal influences. She is now at work on Brilliant: The New Science of Smart, to be published by Crown in 2013. Learn more about Annie
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The Myths of Creativity

with David Burkus
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David Burkus is the author of The Myths of Creativity and assistant professor of management at the College of Business at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior. He is the founder and editor of LDRLB, an online publication that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation, and strategy. Learn more about David

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Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a motivational psychologist, speaker, author of SUCCEED: How We Can Reach Our Goals, blogger for Huff Post, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, SmartBrief, and Psychology Today.