Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely

Israeli-American professor of psychology and behavioral economics
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Dan Ariely
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Professional Career
  4. Personal Life and Hobbies

Biography of Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely is an Israeli-American professor of psychology and behavioral economics. He teaches at Duke University and is the founder of the scientific center, The Center for Advanced Hindsight. One of Ariely's main scientific interests is the study and understanding of decision-making processes, which he hopes can help people lead more rational everyday lives.

Dan Ariely

Early Life and Education

Dan Ariely was born in 1967 in New York City while his father was pursuing a degree in business administration at Columbia University. His parents then returned to their homeland, and Dan grew up in Ramat Gan and Ramat Hasharon in Israel. His mother worked in the parole supervision service.

In his senior year of high school, Dan was actively involved in the youth movement 'HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed' and suffered third-degree burns covering 70 percent of his skin due to an accident during the preparation of signal lights. The scars are still visible today.

Ariely initially studied physics and mathematics at Tel Aviv University but later switched to philosophy, finding writing too challenging. He also earned a master's and doctoral degree in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctoral degree in business from Duke University.

Professional Career

After completing his doctoral degrees, Dan Ariely taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1998 to 2008. He then returned to Duke University as a professor of psychology and behavioral economics. In addition to numerous academic works, Ariely has published two popular books, "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions" and "The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home," both of which became New York Times bestsellers.

While in Massachusetts, Ariely held the position of professor of behavioral economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Despite not having a specialized economics education, he is considered one of the world's leading experts in behavioral economics.

Personal Life and Hobbies

Dan Ariely is married to Sumi, whom he refers to as his best friend, and they are raising two children together. Over the years, he has engaged in various hobbies, including rock climbing, photography, scuba diving, and flying, but gradually, they all boiled down to two most important aspects - his wife and his research.