Provost Lecture Series - The Science of Happiness Featuring Laurie Santos
From Kayleen Eng
Dr. Laurie Santos is the Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her course, "Psychology and the Good Life," teaches students what the science of psychology says about how to make wiser choices and live a life that is happier and more fulfilling. The class is Yale's most popular course in over 300 years and has been adapted into a free Coursera program that has been taken by over 3.3 million people to date. The popularity of the class has prompted Yale to create a free online course. Dr. Santos is the host of the podcast, The Happiness Lab.
From her research, Santos speaks to how we are biologically programmed to be motivated by sex, to be deeply influenced by other people - and to repeat our mistakes. And while Santos often uses subjects from the animal kingdom to help explain our sometimes-illogical behaviors, she also provides advice on how to engage our uniquely human faculties to counteract evolution, choose more wisely, and live happier lives.
Dr. Santos has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, NPR, GQ Magazine, Slate, CNN, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Dr. Santos is a winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching from institutions such as Yale and the American Psychological Association. She has been featured as one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10" young minds and was TIME's "Leading Campus Celebrity." Her podcast, The Happiness Lab, launched in 2019 and has over 35 million downloads.