Ellen Langer

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Ellen Langer
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Born March 25, 1947 (1947-03-25)
Bronx, NY
Occupation Psychology professor

Ellen Jane Langer (born March 25, 1947) is professor of psychology at Harvard University who has studied the illusion of control, decision making, aging and mindfulness theory.


Ellen Langer received her PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Yale University in 1974. In 1981, she became the first woman ever to be tenured in psychology at Harvard University.[1]

In 1980 she was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Other honors include the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest of the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Contributions of Basic Science to Applied Psychology award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the James McKeen Cattel Award, and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize. She is the author of over 200 research articles and six academic books, including Mindfulness and The Power of Mindful Learning.


  1. ^ Hilts, Phillip H. (September 23, 1997). "Scientist at Work: Ellen J. Langer; A Scholar of the Absent Mind". The New York Times. p. F1. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 

Bibliography (selection)[edit]

  • Langer, Ellen J. (1989). Mindfulness. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley. ISBN 0-201-52341-8. 
  • Langer, Ellen J. (1997). The Power of Mindful Learning. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-33991-9. 
  • Langer, Ellen J. (2005). On Becoming an Artist. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-45629-7. 
  • Langer, Ellen J. (2009). Counter clockwise: mindful health and the power of possibility. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-50204-9. 

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