Stephen M. Kosslyn


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Stephen Michael Kosslyn (born 1948) is an American psychologist who specializes in the fields of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Until 31 December 2010 he was John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James and Dean of Social Science at Harvard University, having previously been chair of the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. As of 1 January 2011, he became director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Kosslyn received his B.A. in 1970 from UCLA and his Ph.D. in 1974 from Stanford University, both in psychology. His Ph.D. advisor was Gordon Bower. His former teaching career includes Johns Hopkins and Brandeis Universities.

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“Think about science fiction movies with lots of special effects: If you notice that special effects are special effects, they will fail.”
Stephen M. Kosslyn, Better PowerPoint: Quick Fixes Based On How Your Audience Thinks

“They should be more like what would have been sent by telegraph in days of old (when each word cost money) than prose.”
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“For example, if you have a face on the right side of the slide looking off to the right, the viewers will have a tendency to do the same—and thus be looking off-screen, rather than where you want them to focus when the next slide appears.”
Stephen M. Kosslyn, Better PowerPoint: Quick Fixes Based On How Your Audience Thinks



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