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He was born on October 4, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota (Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. He is the author of 24 books and over 200 articles in professional, academic and popular journals. In addition to his writing activities, Professor Karlins has been interviewed on radio and television talk shows and also served as an international consultant to major companies, focusing his efforts in the aviation industry (where he worked with Singapore Airlines for 20 years). Dr. Karlins is currently Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of South Florida and lives in Riverview, Florida with his wife, Edyth, and daughter, Amber Nicole. He also played on the World Poker Tour.