“The Streaking Star Effect and Its Influence on Audiences, Consumers, and Political Constituents,” Tom Gilovich, Cornell University
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES WORKSHOP
Abstract: Why do so many sports fans want stars like Roger Federer or Tiger Woods to keep winning, but comparably successful teams like the New England Patriots or Golden State Warriors to get their comeuppance? Studies documenting this Streaking Star Effect will be presented, along with studies that tie the Effect to the experience of awe and differential concern for individuals and teams that are eclipsed by a run of successful performance. Implications of this effect for the consumer marketplace and the marketplace of ideas about economic inequality will be explored.
Thomas Gilovich is the Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology at Cornell. He specializes in the study of everyday judgment and reasoning, psychological well-being, and self-assessment. In addition to his articles in scientific journals, Dr. Gilovich is the author of How We Know What Isn’t So (Free Press), Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes (Simon and Schuster, with Gary Belsky), Social Psychology (W.W. Norton, with Dacher Keltner, Serena Chen, and Richard Nisbett), and The Wisest One in the Room (The Free Press, with Lee Ross). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
The workshop is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of American Politics (CSAP) and the School of Management’s International Center for Finance and Whitebox Advisors fund. Lunch will be served.
This workshop is open to Yale faculty, students, and profession staff only.