Tim Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He is a social psychologist who researches the influence of the unconscious mind on decision-making, preferences and behavior. Dr. Wilson has published Strangers to Ourselves, and co-authored Social Psychology, an introductory textbook on social psychology. He is best known for his research on the adaptive unconscious, self-knowledge, and affective forecasting. With Richard Nisbett, he authored one of Psychology’s most cited papers “Telling more than we can know – verbal reports on mental processes” that demonstrated the difficulty humans have in introspecting on their own mental processes (Psychological Review, 1977). Dr. Wilson also conducted the first experiment of a psychological intervention designed to improve the academic performance of college freshmen by changing their attribution of challenges. His longtime collaborator is Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. In 2001 he received an All-University Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Virginia. In 2009, he was named as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Wilson earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
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