a digital library of Unitarian Universalist biographies, history, books, and media
the digital library of Unitarian Universalism
Home » Biographies » Ellen Langer

Ellen Langer

Ellen LangerDr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Her books written for general and academic readers include Mindfulness and The Power of Mindful Learning, and the forthcoming Mindful Creativity.

Dr. Langer has described her work on the illusion of control, aging, decision-making, and mindfulness theory in over 200 research articles and six academic books. Her work has led to numerous academic honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest of the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Contributions of Basic Science to Applied Psychology award from the American Association of Applied & Preventive Psychology, the James McKeen Cattel Award, and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize.

The citation for the American Psychological Association distinguished contributions award reads, in part, “…her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior…and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.”

—Courtesy of the Harvard Department of Psychology

Recommended Reading

Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer (1990).

Click here to view Supplemental Reading to Ellen Langer on Amazon.

Series Navigation<< Harold KushnerJennifer Leaning >>

Notable in UU History

Unitarianism in America, by George Willis Cooke

Harvard Square Library presents this historic article by scholar George Willis Cooke, written over 100 years ... Read More

Diann Neu: Blessed Be Our Hands

Blessed be the work of our hands. Blessed be these hands that touch life. Blessed be ... Read More
Jay Wright Forrester

Jay Wright Forrester

Jay Wright Forrester (born 14 July 1918) is an American pioneer of computer engineering. He created ... Read More
Arthur Goldberg

Arthur Goldberg

Goldberg was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, the youngest of eight children ... Read More