Dr. Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is now executive director of the IC2 Institute. IC2 is a think-and-do tank that focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship. The current mission of the institute is to explore rural and small city economic development in Texas, the US, and around the world. He is also the Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. He earned his ScB from Brown University and his PhD from the University of Illinois. Before coming to the University of Texas, Art taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Art’s research explores thinking.
He has studied the way people form and use analogies, the mechanisms of decision making, the modes that allow people to form categories, and the influences of motivation on reasoning.
Art has always been interested in bringing insights from Cognitive Science to a broader audience. To that end, he writes blogs for Psychology Today, Fast Company and Inc. and co-hosts a radio show and podcast called Two Guys on Your Head. He consults for companies interested in using Cognitive Science in their businesses. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of the Dr. Phil Show and the Dr. Oz Show. He has written a number of books including Smart Thinking, Habits of Leadership, Smart Change, and Brain Briefs. When he’s not doing things related to Cognitive Science, Art can be found spending time with his family or playing tenor sax in a blues band.