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Date and Location

April 30, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET


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This event changed from April 23 to April 30.​​ For fans of Thinking Fast and Slow and The Power of Habit, a groundbreaking new study of how disrupting our well-worn routines, both good and bad, can rejuvenate our days and reset our brains to allow us to live happier and more fulfilling lives. Look Again, co-authored by neuroscience professor Tali Sharot and Harvard Law School Professor and The New York Times best-selling author Cass Sunstein, is based on decades of research in the psychological and biological sciences. It illuminates how we can reignite the sparks of joy, innovate, and recognize where improvements urgently need to be made. The key to this disruption—to seeing, feeling, and noticing again—is change. 

The event is open to all registrants and will allow time for open Q&A.

Tali Sharot is an affiliated Professor in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and a Professor and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London and The Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. She heads the Affective Brain Lab. She has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from NYU and a BA in economics and psychology from Tel Aviv University. She received fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, the Forum of European Philosophy and the British Academy, among others.

Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. In 2018, he received the Holberg Prize from the government of Norway, sometimes described as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for law and the humanities. In 2020, the World Health Organization appointed him as Chair of its technical advisory group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and after that, he served on the President’s Review Board on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and on the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Board. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has advised officials at the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Bank, and many nations on issues of law and public policy. He serves as an adviser to the Behavioural Insights Team in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Sunstein is author of hundreds of articles and dozens of books, including Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013), The Ethics of Influence (2015), #Republic (2017), Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide (2017), The Cost-Benefit Revolution (2018), On Freedom (2019), Conformity (2019), How Change Happens (2019), and Too Much Information (2020). He is now working on a variety of projects involving the regulatory state, “sludge” (defined to include paperwork and similar burdens), fake news, and freedom of speech.

Speakers and Presenters

​Tali Sharot, Affiliated Professor, University College, London; Brain & Cognitive Sciences; Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, HLS