We've all had the desire to travel through time and see what our lives will be like later in life. While we want the best possible future for ourselves, we often fail to make decisions that would truly make that a reality. Why do we choose steak over vegetables at dinner, waving off concerns about high cholesterol? Why do we splurge on luxury cars rather than save for retirement? Why can’t we stick to our exercise programs? Why are so many of us so disconnected from our future selves? Join us on Thursday, June 8 at 9am Pacific Time when Your Future Self author Hal Hershfield talks to Jane McGonigal, IFTF Director of Game Research & Development, about the science on how the mind views our future selves as strangers and what that means for our health and wellbeing. Hal will describe the mental mistakes we make in thinking about the future and give us practical advice for imagining our best future so that we can make that a reality. Come learn how people who are able to connect with their future selves are better able to balance living for today and planning for tomorrow.


Hal Hershfield is a professor of marketing, behavioral decision-making, and psychology at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he has won numerous awards for his teaching and research. His research on future selves has received widespread attention in outlets such as NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Hershfield's research has been published in prestigious business, psychology, and general science academic journals, as well as in the Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.