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Daniel Kahneman

Kirsty Young interviews psychologist and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman.

The psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Economics, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Widely acknowledged as one of the world's most influential living psychologists, his many years of study have centred on how and why we make the decisions we do.

As a child, he lived in Nazi occupied France and he says that, from a young age, he already had a pretty good idea that he wanted to be an academic.

He says "My mother had a big influence ... in fact I credit her with the fact that I became a psychologist ... because she got me interested in people and listening to gossip. I've been fascinated by gossip ever since."

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 16 Aug 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Don McLean

    American Pie

    • The Very Best of Don McLean.
    • EMI.
  • Tino Rossi

    Bohémienne aux grands yeux noirs

    • Laurent Rossi Présente 40 Titres D'Or.
    • Columbia.
  • Betty Klein

    Shirat Hanoded (The Wanderer's Song)

    • Classic Israeli Folk Songs for Israel's 50th Anniversary.
    • Harmony Ridge Music.
    • BKCD 1002.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor'

    Soloist: Artur Schnabel Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Frederick Stock

    • Artur Schnabel Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto.
    • RCA.
  • Danny Kaye

    Ugly Duckling

    • Junior Choice Volume 2.
    • EMI.
  • The Beatles

    Eleanor Rigby

    • The Beatles 1962-1966.
    • Parlophone.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Quintet in A major

    Soloist: Gervase De Peyer Orchestra: Amadeus Quartet

    • Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      French Suite No. 2 In C minor - 2nd movement

      Performer: Daniel Kahneman’s grandson

      • Private tape.
  • Book Choice

    • Thesaurus

  • Luxury Choice

    • Reclining chair


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Daniel Kahneman
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 11 Aug 2013 11:15
  • Fri 16 Aug 2013 09:00

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