Christopher F. Chabris: Brief Biography

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Christopher Chabris is Professor at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, Associate Professor of Psychology at Union College in New York, and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. He received his Ph.D. in psychology and A.B. in computer science from Harvard University. His research focuses on attention, intelligence (individual, collective, and social), behavior genetics, and decision-making. His work has been published in leading journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, Psychological Science, Perception, and Cognitive Science. Chris is also co-author of the book The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, which has been published in 19 languages.

Short Version:

Christopher Chabris is Professor at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, and is on leave as Associate Professor of Psychology at Union College. His research focuses on attention, intelligence (individual, collective, and social), behavior genetics, and decision-making. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. He received his Ph.D. in psychology and A.B. in computer science from Harvard University. Chris is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, which has been published in 19 languages to date. He shared the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology (awarded for "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think"), given for the scientific experiment that inspired the book. Chris has spoken to audiences at major conferences and businesses, including PopTech, Google, Credit Suisse, and Procter & Gamble, and his work has been published in leading journals including Science, Nature, Psychological Science, Perception, and Cognitive Science. Chris is a chess master, poker amateur, and games enthusiast; he writes the "Game On" column in The Wall Street Journal. He also contributes to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and other publications.

Long Version:

Christopher Chabris is Professor at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, and is on leave as Associate Professor of Psychology at Union College, where he was co-director of the Neuroscience Program. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. Chris received his A.B. in computer science and his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University, where he was also a Lecturer and Research Associate for many years. He did postdoctoral work in brain imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Chris is the co-author (with Daniel Simons) of the New York Times bestseller and Editor's Choice book The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, published in 2010 by Crown in the U.S. and HarperCollins in the U.K., with translations published or forthcoming in Japanese, Chinese, Russian, German, French, Spanish, and fourteen other languages. In 2004 Chris and Dan shared the Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology (awarded for "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think") for the experiment that inspired their book.

Chris's research focuses on several areas: attention, intelligence (individual, collective, and social), behavior genetics, and decision-making. He has published papers on a diverse array of topics, including human intelligence, beauty and the brain, face recognition, the Mozart effect, genetics in social science, group performance, intertemporal choice, chess expertise, and visual cognition. Chris's work has appeared in leading journals, including Science, Nature, PNAS, Psychological Science, Nature Neuroscience, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Perception, and Cognitive Science, and it has been covered in major media outlets worldwide. Chris has spoken to audiences at Google, Microsoft, Credit Suisse, Procter & Gamble, PopTech, OneDay University, government agencies, and many other private and public events.

Chris is a chess master, poker amateur, and games enthusiast; he writes the "Game On" column in The Wall Street Journal. He also contributes occasionally to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and other national publications.



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