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Ann Arbor Spark

Summer Series Speaker Ethan Kross – Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It

Friday, July 16 2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am

We all struggle to avoid overthinking in our work and our personal lives from time to time—but after a year of crisis and uncertainty, negative self-talk is on the rise like never before. Award-winning psychologist and author of the instant national bestseller Chatter, Ethan Kross studies how the conversations we have with ourselves shape our lives in surprising ways, from our health and our job performance to our relationships and decision-making.

Join us for this fireside chat hosted by Dave Mayer, professor of business ethics at Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where Kross will share his cutting-edge research and real-world case studies to help you harness the power of your inner voice. He’ll reveal how you can improve productivity and wellbeing in your own life, as well as help you become a wiser leader to others.


Ethan Kross, PhD, is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. An award-winning professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business, he is the director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory.

He has participated in policy discussions at the White House and has been interviewed about his work on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper Full Circle, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His research has been featured in The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New England Journal of Medicine and Science. His recently released first book, Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It, is a national bestseller.


Ann Arbor SPARK is proud to be a promotional partner of this event, presented by the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.