- EMAIL: AK756@CORNELL.EDU
After receiving his A.B. in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, Amit Kumar moved to Cornell, where he is a doctoral student in Social Psychology, working primarily with Tom Gilovich. His research interests include judgment and decision-making, happiness/well-being, and consumer behavior, and he is particularly interested in the relationship between money and happiness, which he has specifically explored through recent work on the distinction between experiential and material purchases (i.e. money spent on doing—e.g. on vacations and concerts—versus money spent on having—e.g. on clothing and gadgets). He enjoys justifying the vast amounts of money he spends on meals, live music, and theater through rigorous scientific research.