Sunday, March 1, 1970

Author - Ariely, Dan

Birth: April 29, 1967

Death: Still alive and finding irrational behavior.

Comments: Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist, having obtained a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and a Ph.D. in business. He was a professor at M.I.T. from 1998 to 2008, and since then he has been the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.

Ariely was born in the United States, but grew up in Israel (he did his undergraduate work at Tel Aviv University). The defining moment of his life seems to have been a terrible accident he suffered as a teenager while working with a youth group in Israel in which he was badly burned over much of his body, requiring extensive recovery and rehabilitation. Questions that he posed concerning the nature of pain and the assumptions made during his treatment seem to have formed the nucleus of his academic study.

Dan has presented several TED Talks, one discussing whether we are in control of our own decisions, another on the question of lying and cheating, and a third concerning temptation and self-control. Airely also maintains his own blog where, among other things, he invites people to participate in his research.


My reviews of Dan Ariely's books:
The Upside of Irrationality
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Other books by Dan Ariely I have read but not reviewed:

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