Christopher F. Chabris: Brief Biography

Shorter Version:

Christopher Chabris is a Senior Investigator (Professor) in the Institute for Advanced Application at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, where he studies attention, intelligence, thinking, 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, and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, which has been published in twenty 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 experiment that inspired the book. Chris has been recognized for excellence in teaching, and he has spoken to audiences at major conferences and businesses, including PopTech, Google, and Credit Suisse. His work has been published in leading journals including Science, Nature, Perception, and Cognitive Science. He is also a chess master, a poker amateur, and a contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.

Longer Version:

Christopher Chabris 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. He is now a Senior Investigator (Professor) in the Institute for Advanced Application at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France.

Chris is the co-author (with Daniel Simons) of the New York Times bestseller and Editor's Choice book The Invisible Gorilla, and Other Ways 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 thirteen 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, including attention, intelligence, thinking, and decision-making. He has published papers on a diverse array of topics, including inattentional blindness, what makes people smart, beauty and the brain, face recognition, the Mozart effect, behavioral genetics, group performance, intertemporal choice, chess expertise, and visual cognition. Chris's work has appeared in leading journals, including Science, Nature, 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 PopTech, Google, Credit Suisse, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, government agencies, academic conferences, and elsewhere. Chris's skill in the classroom has been recognized by repeated invitations to lecture at One Day University and by nomination for the Stillman Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Union College. Chris will also deliver the Distinguished Lecture at the 2017 Association for Psychological Science Teaching Institute.

Chris is a chess master, poker amateur, and games enthusiast; he writes the monthly "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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