UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Tali Sharot

Prof Tali Sharot

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Experimental Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
14th Aug 2007

Research summary

Sharot is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscientist at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London where she is the director of the Affective Brain Lab. Prof. Sharot is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, with past fellowships also including the Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship, Fellow of the Forum of European Philosophy and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received her Ph.D in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and her B.A in psychology and economics from Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on how emotion, motivation and social factors influence our expectations, decisions and beliefs. Her papers have been published in top scientific journals including Nature, Science and Nature Neuroscience. Dr. Sharot is the author of The Optimism Bias (2011) and The Influential Mind (2017), both of which received the British Psychological Society Book Award.

Website: Affective Brain Lab


New York University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2006
New York University
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2002
Tel-Aviv University
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1999