August 12, 2010

Psychologist Daniel Gilbert to Talk About the Science of Predicting Happiness

Gilbert will deliver the keynote address at the American Psychological Association's 118th Annual Convention

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Who
Daniel Gilbert, PhD, psychology professor at Harvard University and author of best-selling book "Stumbling on happiness."

What
Gilbert will deliver the keynote address at the American Psychological Association's 118th Annual Convention. He plans to discuss why people are so wrong when they try to predict what will make them happy in the long-term and how science can help them better predict happiness. He will also explain how psychologists and other scientists are exposing the myths of happiness and why people's imaginations fail them.

When
Thursday, August 12, 5–6:30 p.m. PDT

Where
San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, Calif. 92101, Upper level, Ballroom 20ABCD.

Background
Gilbert is one of the most renowned psychologists researching what makes people happy. He co-wrote and hosted the hit television series called "This Emotional Life" which aired on PBS in January and attracted more than 10 million viewers. His most recent research is into how people make predictions about the emotional impact of future events. His 2007 book, "Stumbling on Happiness," spent 25 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 152,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.