Dr. Robert Waldinger
Dr. Robert Waldinger is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest longitudinal studies of adult life ever done. His research focuses on what predicts healthy adult development. For 80 years, the Study has followed 2 groups of men recruited as teenagers from Harvard College and from Boston inner city neighborhoods. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, he is now studying more than 1300 of the baby-boomer children of these men to track the influence of childhood experiences on midlife health. His 2015 TED talk about the Study has been viewed by over 20 million people and is one of the most popular TED talks of all time.
More information is available at www.robertwaldinger.com. Dr. Waldinger is also a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation, a transmitted teacher and an ordained Zen priest.
Dr. Waldinger and Robin Hunicke, Co-Founder and CEO of the independent game studio Funomema, examine the question: “Research has shown that the strength of human relationships is critical to long-term well-being and happiness. With the rapid advancement of human interaction online, are relationships developed virtually providing benefits to our long-term happiness or detracting from it?”