About the authors
DANIEL SCHACTER is William R. Kenan, Jr Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, USA. His research explores the relation between conscious and unconscious forms of memory, the nature of distortions and errors in remembering, and the ways in which we use memory to imagine future events. Schacter has received many awards, including the Harvard-Radcliffe Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, the Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Association. He is the author of Searching for Memory and The Seven Sins of Memory, both winners of the APA's William James Book Award.
DANIEL GILBERT is Edward Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, USA. His research focuses on how and how well people think about their emotional reactions to future events. He is the author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, which won the Royal Society's General Prize for best popular science book of 2007, and he is the co-writer and host of the PBS television series This Emotional Life. He has received the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology, the Diener Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Psychology, and has won teaching awards that include the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize and the Harvard College Professorship.
DANIEL WEGNER was the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James at Harvard University, USA. His research focused on thought suppression and mental control, transactive memory in relationships and groups, and the experience of conscious will. His work on thought suppression and consciousness served as the basis of two popular books, White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts and The Illusion of Conscious Will, both of which were named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and also recipient of the William James Award from the Association for Psychological Science, the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Association, and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He died in 2013.
BRUCE HOOD is Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society at the University of Bristol and Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre, UK. He has a wide range of research interests with a developmental and neuroscience perspective. He has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Infancy Researchers, and the Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award. He is the author of three popular science books, SuperSense: From Superstition to Religion - the Brain Science of Belief, The Self Illusion: Why There is No 'You' Inside Your Head, and The Domesticated Brain.