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Maya Shankar

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Maya is currently the Senior Director of Behavioral Economics at Google and is the Creator, Host, and Executive Producer of “A Slight Change of Plans”, a podcast with Pushkin Industries. Maya previously served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House, where she founded and served as Chair of the White House’s Behavioral Science Team — a team of scientists charged with improving public policy using research insights about human behavior. In 2016, Maya served as the first Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations under Ban Ki-moon.

Maya completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford, after receiving a Ph.D. from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and a B.A. from Yale in cognitive science. She has been profiled by the New Yorker and has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, Forbes, and on NPR’s All Things Considered, Freakonomics, and Hidden Brain. Maya is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music’s pre-college division and is a former private violin student of Itzhak Perlman.

Main expertice: All-or-Nothing Thinking, BEHAVIOR, Beliefs, Biases, Change, Competitive Thinking, Complex Realities, Cultures, Empathy, Exclusionary Behavior, Extreme Thinking, Family, Fear of the Unknown, Freewill, Friendships, Gender Roles, Hidden Motives, Independent Thinking, Individuality, Information/Facts, Insincerity, KNOWLEDGE, Leadership, Learning, Learning from Failures, Logical Ethics, Lying, Negative Thinking, Other People Exist, Planning, Power, Relationships, Science, Social Skills, Societies, Teachers and Mentors, The Scientific Method, THINKING, This or That Thinking, Unhealthy Behavior, and What Should Be

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Works of Maya Shankar



  • A Slight Change of Plans
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