Why Do We Seek Comfort in the Familiar? (NSQ Ep. 30)

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Relevant Research & References

Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:


  • Robert Zajonc, Polish-born American social psychologist.
  • Barbara Fredrickson, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Robert Sapolsky, professor of neurology and of neurosurgery at Stanford University.
  • Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Alexander Pope, eighteenth-century English poet.
  • David Dunning, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.
  • Justin Kruger, professor of marketing at the New York University.
  • Daniel Kahneman, professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.
  • Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology at Yale University.