Timothy Wilson

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Timothy D. Wilson
Pen name Timothy Wilson
Occupation Professor of Psychology, researcher and writer
Language English
Genre Psychology
Subject Social psychology, self-knowledge and affective forecasting

Timothy D. Wilson is the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and teaches public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He is a social psychologist who researches the influence of the unconscious mind on decision-making, preferences and behavior.


Wilson has published Strangers to Ourselves, and co-authored Social Psychology an introductory textbook on social psychology. The textbook has been translated into Italian, Polish, Chinese, German, Russian, and Serbian, and "Strangers to Ourselves" has been translated into Dutch and Japanese, with Chinese and German editions forthcoming.

Wilson is best known for his research on the adaptive unconscious, self-knowledge, and affective forecasting. With Richard Nisbett, Wilson authored one of Psychology's most cited papers "Telling more than we can know – verbal reports on mental processes" that demonstrated the difficulty humans have in introspecting on their own mental processes (Psychological Review, 1977,[1] cited 2731 times as of May 22, 2007 according to ISI Web of Knowledge). His longtime collaborator is Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University.

His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. In 2001 he received an All-University Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Virginia. In 2009, he was named as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Deirdre Smith. He has two children, Christopher and Leigh.


  • Wilson, Timothy (2002). Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious. Cambridge: Belknap Press. ISBN 0-674-00936-3. 
  • Wilson, Timothy (2011). Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-05188-8. 

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  1. ^ Nisbett, Richard E.; Wilson, Timothy D. (May 1977). "Telling more than we can know: Verbal reports on mental processes" (PDF). Psychological Review. 84 (3): 231–259. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.84.3.231. 

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