Dr. Laurie Santos is a cognitive psychologist who studies what makes the human mind special by exploring how animals think about the world. She is an expert on human cognition and the biases that plague human decision-making. Dr. Santos obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2003. Since then, she has served as Professor of Psychology at Yale University and director of the Yale University Comparative Cognition Laboratory as well as the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. Dr. Santos’s scientific research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The New Yorker, and has been featured on the History Channel and the television show Brain Games. She has also won numerous awards, both for her scientific achievements and for her teaching and mentorship. She is the recipient of the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research. She was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”
Dr. Santos is able to speak about tips for overcoming your evolved irrationality and tips from cognitive science about how to live a happier life. She was a featured at the Association for Psychological Science Presidential Symposium and a the TED Global Conference in Oxford, UK.
Santos’s scientific work has appeared in journals such as Psychological Science, Animal Cognition, Developmental Science, Current Biology, Animal Behavior, and Cognition. Her scientific research has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Forbes, The New Yorker, New Scientist, National Wildlife Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and Discover Magazine as well as on National Public Radio and Nova. She is the editor (with Bruce Hood) of The Origins of Object Knowledge . She has been featured on National Public Radio, on Big Think, and—with her colleagues Paul Bloom, Tamar Gendler and Joshua Knobe she is a regular contributor to Bloggingheads.tv’s Mind Report.