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Dan Gilbert

Lead Scientist

Daniel Gilbert is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His 2007 book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has being translated into 30 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year. In 2010, he hosted and co-wrote the award-winning NOVA television series This Emotional Life which was seen by more than 10 million viewers. He is a contributor to Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR's All Things Considered, and has been a guest on numerous television shows including The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and The Colbert Report. His TED talks have been seen by about 13 million people, and are among the most popular of all time.

Jonathan Schooler

Lead Scientist

Jonathan Schooler helps to ensures that efforts follow a scientific approach and are appropriately aligned with the latest science and research in psychology and neuroscience. Jonathan received his Ph.D is psychology in 1987 and has been a professor and researcher in the field ever since. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of British Colombia and since 2007 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jonathan pursues research on consciousness, memory, the relationship between language and thought, problem-solving, and decision making. He is currently a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and serves on the editorial boards of Consciousness and Cognition and Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Jonathan’s work has been supported by numerous national, international and government institutions and he is the author or co-author of more than one hundred papers published in scientific journals or edited volumes.

Shelly Gable

Lead Scientist

Shelly Gable, who holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, began her career in 2000 as an Assistant Professor at UCLA where she earned tenure and co-founded the Interdisciplinary Relationship Science Program before joining the faculty at UCSB in January 2007. Shelly’s research focuses on motivation, close relationships, and positive emotions. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Positive Psychology Network. She serves on the editorial board of several journals and has received awards including, a distinguished teaching award from the Psychology Department at UCLA, the Early Career Award from the Close Relationships Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President George W. Bush.