Sean Talamas

Sean Talamas is currently the Executive Director of Character Lab, leading the organization in its mission to advance scientific insights that help kids thrive. He completed his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), working under Professor Dave Perrett in the Perception Lab. Sean earned a Masters in Psychology and another Masters in Teaching both at Austin Peay State University. He completed all of his education while serving as full-time Active duty in the US Air Force in a combat career field named TACP (Tactical Air Control Party). He got the opportunity to attend some of the most challenging and rewarding training courses the military has to offer including Airborne, Air Assault, Rappel Master, Fast Rope Master, and Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape (S.E.R.E) courses to name a few. He joined when he was 17 and served 4 years of active duty. His personal journey has made him aware that obstacles are often simply complex challenges to find solutions. He genuinely doubts that his academic achievement has anything to do with his intelligence level, but rather the combination of the motivation, expectations, and grit his mentors instilled in him. His research investigates individual differences like the grit and mindset of educators and their influence on the perceived intelligence of students. His interests in this area stem from a belief that we must uncover potential limitations to proper mentorship so that educators can impartially educate regardless of first impressions. His blog posts are an attempt to share useful information with educators, mentors, and coaches alike to help combat the impact of bias teaching practices – for the best antidote to deter unconscious bias is to make it conscious.