avatar Anna Gannon Editorial Lead at Expectful

How do we walk through life and hardships, with our hearts open?

This question is something that today’s guest, Nicholas Epley, has learned through his own parenthood journey and beyond. As a professor of Behavioral Science, Nicholas researches how we think and why we make the decisions that we do, all of which has influenced how he’s made decisions in his own life around adopting, raising a child with special needs and much much more,

On today’s episode, Nicholas walks us through how his now large family came to be, sharing him and his wife’s journey through parenthood, adoption, loss and love.

About Nicholas Epley


Nicholas Epley is the John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavior Science, and Director of the Center for Decision Research, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He studies social cognition—how thinking people think about other thinking people—to understand why smart people so routinely misunderstand each other. He teaches an ethics and happiness course to MBA students called Designing a Good Life. His research has appeared in more than two dozen empirical journals, been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Templeton Foundation. He has been awarded the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the 2011 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the 2015 Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science, and the 2018 Career Trajectory Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Epley was named a “professor to watch” by the Financial Times, one of the “World’s Best 40 under 40 Business School Professors” by Poets and Quants, and one of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in 2015 by Ethisphere. He is the author of Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want.