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Matthew Hutson - . New York, NY, US

Matthew Hutson Matthew Hutson



Science Writer



Matthew Hutson is the author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane (Penguin/Hudson Street, 2012). He has a B.S. in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and an M.S. in science writing from MIT. He's a former editor at Psychology Today and has also written for Wired, The Atlantic , Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others. He lives in New York City.

Industry Expertise (3)

Writing and Editing

Media - Online

Media - Print

Areas of Expertise (3)




Accomplishments (5)

Author (professional)

Author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane (Penguin/Hudson Street, 2012)

Science Writer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (professional)

Wrote about physics and lab life for FermiNews, Fermilab Today, and press material.

Senior Science Writer at Sally Ride Science (professional)

Produced content for magazines, books, and electronic media mostly aimed at younger readers. Includes work for HowStuffWorks, The Planetary Society, and NASA.

News Editor at Psychology Today (professional)

In charge of front-of-the-book, health, and personality sections. Also wrote features and Web content. Helped develop and maintain a network of several hundred bloggers.

Freelance Science Journalist (professional)

Writer for Wired, Discover, Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today,Popular Mechanics, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine.

Education (2)

Brown University: B.S., Cognitive Neuroscience 2000

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: M.S., Science Writing 2003

Media Appearances (1)

Various TV and radio shows

ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, NPR, CBC, Telemundo, 3sat, Globo TV  tv

Speaking about various topics. More details here:

Event Appearances (4)

Power: From Corruption to Innovation

The Greater Institute Conference  Squaw Valley


This Is Your Mind on Science Writing

Communicating Science to Society  Brown University


Rational Irrationality

The 10 Conference  Leavenworth, WA


The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

Author Talk  MIT


Sample Talks (1)

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

An overview of the psychology behind superstition, religion, and belief in the supernatural, including ways in which magical thinking can hold us back or help us to succeed in our daily lives.



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