About

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Richard E. Nisbett is one of the world's most respected psychologists. His work focuses on issues in social psychology and cognitive science.

Richard E. Nisbett has received the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Association and many other national and international awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. His book The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently . . . and Why won the William James Award of the American Psychological Association. That book, as well as Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count and Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking have been translated into multiple languages. His newest book is Thinking: A Memoir.

Topics he has researched, and which are reflected in his books, include:

  • What are the basic reasoning processes people use to think about the world?

  • Why do those reasoning processes so commonly result in errors?

  • What kinds of social consequences do such reasoning errors produce?

  • What reasoning processes would avoid those errors?

  • What is the contribution of genetics vs. the environment in determining intelligence?

  • Are any of the peoples of the world getting smarter?

  • What educational practices could be improved to make children smarter?

  • What can adults do to increase their intelligence?

  • How should we define rationality?

  • What kinds of problems are best solved by the unconscious mind?

  • Do people in different cultures use different thinking procedures?

  • Do economic systems influence the way people reason?

  • What are the philosophical implications of answers to questions like these?