TEDxSomerville: Sam Sommers – The Hidden Power of Context

One of the strongest influences to shape human nature is also one that we usually overlook: context. Where we are, who we’re with, and what’s going on in our lives at any given moment transform what we think, how we act, and who we really are. Sam Sommers tells us what you can learn from your next situation. Sam is an associate professor of psychology at Tufts University. His research examines how people think, communicate, and behave in diverse settings. His first book, Situations Matter, written for a general audience, was published in December 2011. Sam has won multiple awards at Tufts, including the Lerman-Neubauer Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2009 Professor of the Year. He blogs regularly on the psychology of everyday life for Psychology Today and Huffington Post.
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