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Christopher Chabris
Worked at Union College
Attended Harvard University
Lives in Saratoga Springs, New York
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If I were a college president, this is how I would respond to a campaign to disinvite an invited speaker.
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Remember "The Triple Package" by law professors Amy Chua (the "tiger mother") and Jed Rubenfeld? Josh Hart and I ran two empirical studies to test its hypothesis that success is associated with a special combination of ethnocentrism, insecurity, and self-control. We found no support for the idea. But we did find that intelligence and family background matter—as has long been known.
The controversial ‘Triple Package’ theory of why some people thrive is finally rigorously debunked.
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Confusion About Correlation and Causation ... in a Research Methods Textbook?!
Every so often, textbook publishers send me free copies of their books. Usually these are books for courses I teach, but sometimes they aren't. This week I received a copy of Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods in Psychology from Worth Publis...
Every so often, textbook publishers send me free copies of their books. Usually these are books for courses I teach, but sometimes they aren't. This week I received a copy of Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods...
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Some further thoughts on our Wall Street Journal essay on "Driving Mode."
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In The Wall Street Journal this weekend, +Daniel Simons and I propose that all smartphones come with a "driving mode" that would shut down everything but the GPS, navigation apps, and emergency messages.
A robust Driving Mode on smartphones would reduce distractions and save lives
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Back to my blog with a brief note about the essay "Are College Lectures Unfair?" in this weekend's New York Times.
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Why Colleges And Universities Should Not Disinvite Speakers
Since 2001, more than two hundred people who have been invited to speak on American college and university campuses have been “disinvited” before they could give their talks. It is easy to find news accounts of these events—or non-events. The most recent ma...
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Some thoughts on a case of confusion of correlation and causation in a textbook on research methods. If textbook authors can trip over the distinction, maybe we shouldn't be surprised when civilians do ...
Every so often, textbook publishers send me free copies of their books. Usually these are books for courses I teach, but sometimes they aren't. This week I received a copy of Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods...
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In my first GAME ON column of the new year (out in the print edition of The Wall Street Journal this weekend), I say a few words about Go, and Facebook's surprising new research effort on the old game.
Facebook and Google are working to enable computers to play the game of Go, an especially complex game that dates back over 2,500 years
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My new GAME ON column in The Wall Street Journal is about "house rules." Includes shoutouts to "The Monopolists" by Mary Pilon and "The Monopoly Book" by Maxine Brady!
Players are always coming up with their own creative modifications in games from Monopoly to chess.
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Why Phones Need a Driving Mode: Questions and Answers
Last Friday, The Wall Street Journal published "A Simple Solution for Distracted Driving," an essay that I wrote with Daniel Simons. We argued that all smartphones should come equipped with a Driving Mode—an easily activated or default setting that would pr...
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My new GAME ON in the Wall Street Journal is about the high-tech world of chess cheaters, and the efforts to stop them.
Chess players are finding more sophisticated ways to cheat at the game
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I am a psychology professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York. I am the co-author, with Daniel Simons, of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, which has been published in 16 languages so far. I write the "Game On" column for the Wall Street Journal, and I write occasional essays and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. I am also a chess master and poker amateur. For more info, including links to my published writing: www.chabris.com
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  • Harvard University
    1988
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  • Union College
    Associate Professor of Psychology
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