Pragya Agarwal, Ph.D., is a visiting professor of social inequities and injustice at Loughborough University, writer, speaker, and consultant. Following a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, Pragya held the prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship and has held senior academic positions and visiting fellowships at various U.S. and U.K. universities. Pragya is the author of a number of scholarly articles and four non-fiction books. Her first book, Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias, was published in 2020 with Bloomsbury, and was a Guardian Book of the Week and shortlisted for the Transmission Prize. Her second book, Wish We Knew What To Say: Talking With Children about Race, was also published in 2020 with Dialogue Books. Her third book, (M)otherhood: On the Choices of Being a Woman, was published in 2021 with Canongate to great acclaim. Her first book for children, Standing up to Racism, was published by Hachette and shortlisted for the Progressive Preschool award. Her latest book, Hysterical: Exploding the Myth of Gendered Emotions, is out now with Canongate books and was one of Waterstones’s best science book of 2022, one of Telegraph's best big ideas book of 2022, and i paper’s best nonfiction of 2022. Pragya works as a consultant and speaker with organizations around the world, including universities, corporate and nonprofits, and schools, delivering talks and workshops on a range of topics. She is a two-time TEDx speaker, a TEDx Woman organizer, and a regular expert on many international shows and podcasts such as NPR Short Wave, BBC Women’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 The Spark, and Darren Brown’s podcast The Bigoted Brain, Sky News, Australian Broadcasting Service, and Canadian Radio. She can be found at drpragyaagarwal.com and on Twitter at DrPragyaAgarwal.
Our brain's cognitive biases enable us to put off important tasks, even though it hurts us later. But are there benefits to procrastination?