Laurie Santos

Professor of Psychology and Director, Comparative Cognition Laboratory, Yale University

Laurie Santos is a psychology professor at Yale University and director of its Comparative Cognition Laboratory. An expert on human cognition and biases that plague human decision-making, she studies what makes the human mind special by exploring how animals think about the world. Santos’s research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New Yorker, the History Channel, and “Brain Games.” She has won awards for scientific achievements and for teaching and mentorship, including the Stanton Prize for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research. Santos was voted one of Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 young minds and a Leading Campus Celebrity in TIME.

Videos/Audio of Laurie Santos

What can you learn about yourself by understanding the animal mind? A lot, it turns out. In this deep dive, three... See more
What does the science of psychology say about how to live a happier life? Professor Laurie Santos shares the top... See more