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Prof Tali Sharot
26 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

Sharot is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscientist at the Department of Experimental Psychology & the Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, University College London, where she is the director of the Affective Brain Lab. Prof. Sharot is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, with past fellowships also including the Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship, Fellow of the Forum of European Philosophy and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received her Ph.D in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and her B.A in psychology and economics from Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on how emotion, motivation and social factors influence our expectations, decisions and beliefs. Her papers have been published in top scientific journals including Nature and Science. She has also written for Time, The New York Times, the Guardian, CNN and the BBC among others. Prof. Sharot is the author of The Optimism Bias (2011) and The Influential Mind (2017), both of which received the British Psychological Society Book Award.

Website: Affective Brain Lab

Academic Background
2006   Doctor of Philosophy New York University
2002   Master of Arts New York University
1999   Bachelor of Arts Tel-Aviv University
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