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My name is Sean Talamas and I am the Director of Research for the Character Lab. As the newly appointed Director of Research for the Character Lab, I will be helping facilitate research aimed at advancing the science and practice of character development.  Working side by side the Scientific Director, Angela Duckworth, I will be helping the Character Lab reach it’s mission in helping all children develop to their fullest potential by supporting all matters related to research. Prior to coming to Character Lab, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of St Andrews, Scotland, where I did my PhD in Psychology under the supervision of world-renown Professor David Perrett. I received a Masters of Arts degree in Industry and Organizational Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Teaching, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Most of my education (both formal and experiential) was achieved while serving active duty in the U.S Air Force in a special operations career field.

I completed all of my Education while serving as full-time Active duty in the United States Air Force in a combat career field named TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) where I quickly found my passion for teaching and instructing which led to a passion for education and the pursuit of a PhD in Psychology. I got the opportunity to attend some of the most challenging and rewarding training courses the military has to offer including: Airborne School, Air Assault School, Rappel Master School, Fast Rope Master School, and Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape (S.E.R.E) course to name a few. I eventually became the first Rappel and Fast Rope Instructor at the 19th ASOS at Ft. Campbell, KY. I joined when I was 17 and served 4 years active duty, followed by my entrance to the PhD Program at St. Andrews.

My personal journey has made me aware that obstacles are often simply complex challenges to find solutions. I genuinely doubt that my academic achievement has anything to do with my intelligence level, but rather the combination of the motivation, expectations and grit my mentors instilled in me. My research investigates individual differences like the grit and mindset of educators and its influence on perceived intelligence of students. My interests in this area stems from a belief that we must uncover potential limitations to proper mentorship so that educators can impartially educate regardless of first impressions.

My 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.

For more information on my experience and resume, please follow me on LinkedIn.

Some other profiles I maintain are below:

Perception Lab

University of St Andrews


The Creativity Post

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