He works on his PhD in Berkeley, writing his dissertation on a statistical and experimental analysis of the relations between adjectives in the semantic differential.
Kahneman begins his academic career as a lecturer in psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1961. He is promoted to senior lecturer in 1966. His early work focuses on visual perception and attention. He starts collaborating with Amos Tversky in 1968. Together, they do research on judgment and decision-making, culminating in the publication of their prospect theory in 1979.
Kahneman spends a year at the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, while visiting the psychology department there.
He spends two summers as a visiting scientist at the Applied Psychology Research Unit in Cambridge
Primary education: He spends his childhood years in Paris, France, where his parents had emigrated from Lithuania in the early 1920s.
Kahneman and his wife move to UC Berkeley in 1986. In the 1990s, Kahneman's research focus begins to gradually shift in emphasis towards the field of "hedonic psychology".
He marries Anne Treisman, a cognitive psychologist.
The couple moves to Princeton in 1993. The focus of Kahneman’s research has been the study of experienced utility - the measure of the utility of outcomes as people actually live them. Currently, he is professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs. In 2011, he publishes the book “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, which summarizes much of his research and suggests that people place too much confidence in human judgment.
He spends a year at the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) in Eugene, a year that he considers the most productive of his life. Working evenings and nights, he rewrites his book on Attention and Effort, which is his most significant independent contribution to psychology.
After the war, the family moves back to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1948, just before the creation of the state of Israel. At age seventeen, Kahneman decides to study psychology. He is interested in philosophical questions, and he discovers that he is more interested in what makes people believe in God than in whether God existed, and he is curious about the origins of people's convictions about right and wrong.
He continues studying at the Hebrew University for a year, where he reads psychology on his own.
Then he is drafted into military service. After a year as a platoon leader, he is transferred to the Psychology branch of the Israel Defense Forces. There, one of his duties is to participate in the assessment of candidates, setting them challenging tasks and trying to predict who would be a good leader and who would not. But as it turns out, there is no connection at all between the prediction and their actual performance.
He spends a sabbatical at the University of Michigan.
He gets his bachelor degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in two years, with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics.
In the same year, the couple moves to Vancouver, Canada, because Kahneman leaves Hebrew University to take a position at the University of British Columbia. With Richard Thaler, he works on “behavioral economy”, trying different experiments to identify the rules of fairness that people would apply to merchants, landlords, and employers.
Daniel Kahneman is born in Tel Aviv, which was then located in the British Mandate of Palestine (now in Israel), while his mother is visiting her extended family.
Daniel Kahneman shares the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics with Vernon Smith. He has integrated insights from cognitive psychology into economic science, in particular regarding human judgement and decision-making under uncertainty, thereby laying the foundation for a new field of research. With Amos Tversky and others, Kahneman has established a cognitive basis for common human errors which arise from heuristics and biases.