Timothy Wilson is Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Wilson’s social psychological research interests include many facets of self-knowledge and social cognition. In research on affective forecasting, for example, he examines how well people can predict their emotional reactions to future events. In studies on fantasy and daydreaming, he has been looking at the conditions under which people can entertain themselves with their own minds versus getting bored. His research has received the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Mental Health. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and a member of the Social and Groups Processes Review Committee at the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been elected twice to the Executive Board of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and is a Fellow in the American Psychological Society. Dr. Wilson has published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and is the author of Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change (2011, Little, Brown and Co.), Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious (2002, Harvard University Press) and co-author of a textbook: Social Psychology (Prentice Hall), now in its 8th edition.
The following lectures will be held at 4:00 PM in Bren Hall 4L, Room 4016:
October 20 Just Think: The Challenges and Benefits of the Disengaged Mind
October 27 Self-Knowledge: Knowing Our Past, Present, and Future Selves
November 3 Redirect: Changing People's Behavior by Changing Their Stories