Christopher Chabris

TOPICS: Communications, Creativity, Education, Psychology

Christopher Chabris

Christopher Chabris is a psychologist and neuroscientist whose research ranges across diverse topics such as human intelligence and expertise, group performance, and the design of information graphics. His new book The Invisible Gorilla, co-authored with Daniel Simons, explains how our intuitive beliefs about the human mind can easily lead us astray, and how we can make better decisions at work and at home by becoming aware of these everyday illusions. He can help you to spot the “invisible gorillas” you aren’t seeing and recognize when you should think twice before taking action. Chris is a professor at Union College and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was previously a Lecturer and Research Associate at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in psychology.



  • If There Are Genes for Intelligence, Why Haven't We Found Them Yet?

    The main point of the talk will be twofold: (1) Intelligence, like all other behavioral traits, is indeed influenced by genes. (2) However, we have learned that intelligence and other traits are influenced by hundreds or even thousands of genes, each of which has a very small effect. Participants will learn about the current state of research on the genetics of intelligence -- what we know and don't know -- and what is likely to be discovered in the near future.

  • The Invisible Gorilla: What We See And What We Miss

    If your message is vivid and memorable, your customers will see and remember it, right? Not necessarily. In this talk, Christopher Chabris, creator of the famous "invisible gorilla" psychology experiment, uses real-world stories and startling demonstrations to show how we all miss much more of what goes on around us than we realize. People won’t notice the gorilla in the room just because we think it’s obvious. By better understanding the gap between how we think we pay attention and remember and how we really pay attention and remember you will gain new insights into how your customer's mind works, allowing you to craft a more persuasive and compelling message.

  • Invisible Gorilla Leadership

    One of the greatest obstacles to effective leadership is faulty perception. Because of the way our minds are built, we often don't see the world as it really is. Instead, we see what we expect to see and believe what we want to believe, regardless of the evidence. In this talk, Christopher Chabris, creator of the famous "invisible gorilla" psychology experiment, reveals how common misconceptions about the mind can undermine our ability to lead. With real-world stories, personal anecdotes, and clever experiments, Chabris leads the audience to question their assumptions about how they think and to see themselves—and those around them—as they really are.

  • The Gorilla in the Operating Room

    Everyone involved in healthcare makes high-stakes decisions. One key to effective decision-making is knowing when to trust your intuition and "go with your gut," and when to take a step back and think twice before choosing a course of action. In this talk, Chabris, creator of the famous "invisible gorilla" psychology experiment, shows how our decisions are often clouded by our intuitive ideas about how the mind works. With entertaining examples and surprising scientific studies, Chabris will leave audience members with a deeper appreciation of how we all really think, and how to make better decisions in their own lives.
  • Christopher Chabris delivers a keynote address at Pop Tech.

    The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
    The Invisible Gorilla reveals the myriad ways that our intuitions can deceive us, but it’s much more than a catalog of human failings. Chabris and Simons explain why we succumb to these everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Ultimately, the book provides a kind of x-ray vision into our own minds, making it possible to pierce the veil of illusions that clouds our thoughts and to think clearly for perhaps the first time... MORE →


  • Chris' Blog
  • The Invisible Gorilla
  • Big Experts Video
  • NYT Op-ed: "Is Google Glass Dangerous?"
  • @cfchabris: Follow Christopher on Twitter