“Two of the world’s most brilliant social psychologists have distilled the field’s wisdom into a few essential lessons for understanding the fabric of our everyday lives. This is the essential lecture that you never heard in college. Don’t miss it a second time.” (Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University and bestselling author of STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS )
“The Wisest One in the Room combines rich science, compelling stories, and graceful prose to teach you more about other people and yourself than you ever thought you knew. Two of the world’s greatest social psychologists will help you understand the sources of many of the world’s greatest triumphs and most pressing problems from racism to partisanship, from happiness to consumer behavior, from media biases to international conflicts, from persuasion to healthy eating, from knocking out educational disparities to mitigating climate change. Every person who wants to be wiser, happier, and more successful and that includes most of us should read this book.” (Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside and bestselling author of THE HOW OF HAPPINESS )
“In The Wisest One in the Room, Gilovich and Ross weave social science, history and anecdotes in a compelling way to help us understand human nature, where we make mistakes and how we might be able to live to our full potential.” (Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics, and most recently bestselling author of Irrationally Yours )
“This fine volume is essential reading if you want a deeper understanding of why people (you included) think, feel, and act, as they do…I came away from this remarkable work feeling wiser not only about my day to day life, but also about an issue to which I have devoted much of my career—escalating climate disruption and our continuing collective failure to address it.” (Paul R. Ehrlich, professor of Population Studies at Stanford University and award winning author of, most recently, Betrayal of Science and Reason )
About the Author
Thomas Gilovich is a professor of psychology at Cornell University and author of The Wisest One in the Room (with Lee Ross), How We Know What Isn’t So, Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes, and Social Psychology. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
Lee Ross is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and co-founder of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiations. He is the author of The Wisest One in the Room (with Thomas Gilovich), The Person and the Situation, and Human Inference.