How Contagious Is Behavior? With Laurie Santos of “The Happiness Lab.” (NSQ Ep. 63)

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Also: life is good — so why aren’t you happy?

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Relevant Research & References

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


  • Laurie Santos, professor of psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab. 
  • Stephen M. Kosslyn, professor emeritus of psychology at Harvard University.
  • Kevin Ochsner, professor of psychology at Columbia University.
  • Iain Couzin, chair of Biodiversity and Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz.
  • John Bargh, professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University.
  • Tanya Chartrand, professor of marketing at Duke University.
  • Albert Bandura (deceased), professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University.
  • Francesca Gino, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.
  • Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University.
  • Cristine H. Legare, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Edward Diener (deceased), social psychologist.
  • Clay Cockrell, psychotherapist and founder of Walk and Talk Therapy.
  • Aristotle (deceased), philosopher.
  • Daniel Kahneman, professor emeritus of psychology at Princeton University.
  • Amos Tversky (deceased), professor of psychology at Stanford University.