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Focusing Illusions and the Myth of California Happiness

Complete video at: Psychologist and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman explains the "Focusing Illusion" theory, a common human tendency to exaggerate the importance of one aspect of an idea or event. For example, says Kahneman, not all Californians are happy simply because of the state's pleasant climate and laid-back lifestyle. ----- New York Times columnist David Brooks will speak with the Nobel Laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman about the latter's influential career and his new book Thinking, Fast and Slow. A Nobel laureate in economics (one of the only non-economists to earn this honor) and a research psychologist world-renowned for his seminal work on judgment, decision making, happiness, and well-being, Kahneman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics. David Brooks's column on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times started in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He is the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.
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