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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Thomas D. Gilovich

Tom Gilovich is chair of Cornell's Department of Psychology and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research. He teaches statistics, judgment, and social psychology to undergraduate students at Cornell, and his particular areas of interest include decision making, critical thinking and belief, egocentrism, optimism, pessimism, satisfaction, and regret.

Tom earned his BA from the University of California and his PhD from Stanford University. He has taught at Cornell since 1981 and is widely known for his first two books, How We Know What Isn’t So and Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes. He is also the author of Heuristics and Biases (with Dale Griffin and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, 2002) and Social Psychology (with Dacher Keltner and Richard Nisbett, 2010).


In episode eight of the free online course Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking, Tom talks about how people evaluate the evidence of their everyday experience to make judgments, and how they sometimes arrive at faulty conclusions.