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  • Look Again

    by Tali Sharot, Cass R. Sunstein
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    Look Again

Tali Sharot and Cass R. Sunstein at The Cambridge Public Library


Look Again:
The Power of Noticing
What Was Always There

in conversation with DANIEL GILBERT

Please Note: Tickets to this event are sold out.


February 28, 2024
6:00 PM ET


Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138


$0.00 (Free RSVP Required) $30.80 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes TALI SHAROT—award-winning author and professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London and MIT—and CASS R. SUNSTEIN—the nation's most-cited legal scholar and co-author of the national bestseller Nudge—for a discussion of their new book Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There. They will be joined in conversation by DANIEL GILBERT—Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness.


Tickets to this event are now sold out. People are welcome to start a stand-by line at the library, and if any seats are still open five minutes before the event begins, we will turn them over to the people in the stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis. Of course we can’t guarantee that those in the stand-by line will get in, but we are often able to let in some of those patiently waiting. 

RSVP for free to this event or choose the "Book-Included" ticket to reserve a copy of Look Again and pick it up at the event. Tali Sharot and Cass R. Sunstein will sign copies of their new book after the presentation.

About Look Again

Have you ever noticed that what is thrilling on Monday tends to become boring on Friday? Even exciting relationships, stimulating jobs, and breathtaking works of art lose their sparkle after a while. People stop noticing what is most wonderful in their own lives. They also stop noticing what is terrible. They get used to dirty air. They stay in abusive relationships. People grow to accept authoritarianism and take foolish risks. They become unconcerned by their own misconduct, blind to inequality, and are more liable to believe misinformation than ever before.

But what if we could find a way to see everything anew? What if you could regain sensitivity, not only to the great things in your life, but also to the terrible things you stopped noticing and so don’t try to change?

Now, neuroscience professor Tali Sharot and Harvard law professor (and presidential advisor) Cass R. Sunstein investigate why we stop noticing both the great and not-so-great things around us and how to “dishabituate” at the office, in the bedroom, at the store, on social media, and in the voting booth. This groundbreaking work, based on decades of research in the psychological and biological sciences, illuminates how we can reignite the sparks of joy, innovate, and recognize where improvements urgently need to be made. The key to this disruption—to seeing, feeling, and noticing again—is change. By temporarily changing your environment, changing the rules, changing the people you interact with—or even just stepping back and imagining change—you regain sensitivity, allowing you to more clearly identify the bad and more deeply appreciate the good.

Praise for Look Again

“One trait of history’s most creative thinkers—from Leonardo da Vinci to Albert Einstein—is that they are able to look anew and marvel at everyday things that most people have quit noticing: the alluring blueness of the sky, the passage of time, the way a light beam creates a spot of luster on a leaf. Look Again can help us all look in a fresh way at things around us. It’s a smart and fun read, and a valuable way to revitalize your life.” —Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Steve Jobs

"Timely and important. A clear and provocative book about the power of expectation and the endless mystery of the human mind." —Tara Westover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Educated

"A sensational guide to a more psychologically rich life." —Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit

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Cass R. Sunstein
Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is the nation’s most-cited legal scholar who, for the past fifteen years, has been at the forefront of behavioral economics. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Since that time, he has served in the US government in multiple capacities and worked with the United Nations and the World Health Organization, where he chaired the Technical Advisory Group on Behavioral Insights and Sciences for Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School. His book Nudge, coauthored with Richard Thaler, was a national bestseller. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Holberg Prize from the government of Norway, sometimes described as equivalent of the Nobel Prize for law and the humanities. He lives in Boston and Washington, DC, with his wife, children, and labrador retrievers.

Photo Credit: Phil Farnsworth

Daniel Gilbert
Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, has won numerous awards for his research and teaching.  His popular book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into more than 35 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year. He hosted and co-wrote the award-winning PBS television series This Emotional Life, the premiere of which was seen by more than 10 million viewers. In the last few years he has appeared in a series of television commercials meant to help Americans overcome the psychological obstacles to saving for retirement. He is a contributor to TIME, the New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered, and in 2014 Science named him one of the world’s 50 most-followed scientists on social media. In 2017 he was named one of The 50 Most Influential Living Psychologists in the World. His TED talks have been seen more than 26 million times and remain among the most popular of all time.

Tali Sharot
Tali Sharot

Tali Sharot

Tali Sharot is a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London and MIT. She is the founder and director of the Affective Brain Lab. She has written for outlets including The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, has been a repeated guest on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, a presenter on the BBC, and served as an advisor for global companies and government projects. Her work has won her prestigious fellowships and prizes from the Wellcome Trust, American Psychological Society, British Psychological Society, and others. Her popular TED talks have accumulated more than a dozen million views. Before becoming a neuroscientist, Sharot worked in the financial industry. She is the author of award-winning books: The Optimism Bias and The Influential Mind. She lives in Boston and London with her husband and children.

Photo Credit: Michael Lionstar

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