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Tali Sharot

University College London
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Tali Sharot is a Professor of cognitive Neuroscience at University College London where she directs the Affective Brain Lab and a visiting Professor at MIT. She combines research in psychology, behavioural economics and neuroscience to reveal the forces that shape our decisions and beliefs.  Dr. Sharot is the author of “The Influential Mind” and “The Optimism Bias”. Both of which received the British Psychological Society Book award. Her papers have been published in top scientific journals including Nature and Science. This work has been the subject of features in many outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, the BBC and others. She has also written essays for Time (cover story), The New York Times, the Guardian among others. Her TED talks have been viewed 12 million times. She held fellowships from the British Academy and Wellcome Trust. She received her Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience from New York University and her BA in Economics and Psychology from Tel Aviv University.

Get to know Tali:

What do you enjoy about the work you do?
Interacting with smart people every day; having complete freedom to select the problems I work on and my schedule; having ‘work’ be equal to ‘think about fascinating puzzles’.

What gets you most fired up in terms of a technology, tool, trend, or advancement?
I don't really get excited about the latest technology. The most important tool you have is your mind - and we have had the same edition for many years.

What is the biggest obstacle you face in your line of work?
The field can be conservative

What would you tell your younger self?
Any advice that I have for my younger self I have for my current self as well. Yet, my current self does not follow that advice, so neither would my younger self.
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