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Nalini Ambady is a social psychologist. She is currently a Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University in 1991 under the guidance or Robert Rosenthal, with whom she researched thin slice judgments. She is a leading expert on nonverbal behavior and interpersonal perception.[1] Dr. Ambady is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She won the AAAS Prize for Behavioral Science Research in 1993.[2]

In 2012, her leukemia, which had previously gone into remission in 2004, returned.[3][4] Her plight has sparked a global effort to increase participation in bone marrow registries among South Asian ethnic groups.[5]


  • R. B. Adams, Jr., N. Ambady, K. Nakayama. and S. Shimojo. (2010). Social Vision, Oxford University Press.
  • N. Ambady & J. Skowronski (Eds.) (2008). First Impressions, Guilford.
  • M. Weisbuch & N. Ambady. Shared Minds in Motion: Dynamic Nonverbal Behavior and Social Influence. Psychology Press: Taylor & Francis (to appear in 2011).

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  1. Blink, 12, 43, Back Bay Books.
  2. History & Archives: AAAS Prize for Behavioral Science Research
  3. Efforts on to find bone marrow match for Nalini, Times of India, 2013,, retrieved on 2013-05-07 
  4. Teo, Niuniu (2013), Students organize to find bone marrow match for Prof. Nalini Ambady, Stanford, CA: Stanford University,, retrieved on 2013-05-07 
  5. Gaufberg, Liz Saving Nalini: Leading Psychologist Seeks Bone Marrow Donor to Survive. WBUR.

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