Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and Author of Smart Thinking

Art Markman, PhD, is a professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. Art got his PhD from the University of Illinois and worked at Northwestern University and Columbia University before moving to Texas in 1998.

Art has written over 125 research papers on a diverse collection of topics on thinking, including decision making, reasoning, and motivation. He is a former executive officer of the Cognitive Science Society and is currently the Executive Editor of the scientific journal Cognitive Science.  Art is also an award-winning teacher who teaches classes in Cognitive Psychology to both undergraduates and graduate students. He also helps supervise the psychology honors program. 

Art is committed to bringing knowledge about the science of thinking to a broader community. He blogs regularly for Psychology Today, TheHuffington Post, and Harvard Business Review. He serves as the psychology site advisor for and helped Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen craft quizzes for their books YOU: Being Beautiful and YOU: Having a Baby. Through the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas, Art is creating courses to teach people in business and nonprofits about how an understanding of people can improve their leadership ability.  

Art’s most recent book is called Smart Thinking. The aim of the book is to help people think more effectively by exploring how the mind works.  

Art lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Leora and their three children. When Art isn’t at work or spending time with his family, he can be found playing the saxophone in a blues band.  

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