Speaker Series

The center's speaker series features invited guest speakers who are experts in various aspects of the decision sciences.

See the links on the side for the latest on what's coming up, including suggested readings. Join the CDS mailing list to be notified about upcoming meetings and topics. 

Cognition and Decision Seminar Series 

This semester sees the return of the Cognition and Decision Seminar Series, which brings together scholars from economics, psychology, neuroscience and other fields who are united by an interest in the cognitive mechanisms involved in decision making and related behavior, and the ways in which a better understanding of these mechanisms can lead to more accurate models of human behavior and more effective public policies. 

The seminar organizers are Mark Dean, Eric Johnson, Michael Shadlen, Daphna Shohamy, and Michael Woodford. The Cognition and Decision Seminar Series is jointly sponsored by the Cognitive and Behavioral Economics Initiative of the Department of Economics and the Center for Decision Sciences.

*Please note: As of Fall 2018, the seminar has been moved to the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. You MUST register to attend* 

Fall 2018

Dr. Colin Camerer (California Institute of Technology)  
Using Visual Saliency in Game Theory 
September 13, 2018, 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m, Greene Science Center, 9th Floor Lecture Hall  

Dr. Pietro Ortoleva (Princeton University)  
November 15, 2018, 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m, Greene Science Center, 9th Floor Lecture Hall  

Dr. Tom Griffiths (Princeton University)  
Resource-rational models of decision-making
November 29, 2018, 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m, Greene Science Center, 9th Floor Lecture Hall 

Dr. Angela Yu (University of California San Diego) 
Faces: A Window into Cognition 
December 6th, 2018, 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m, Greene Science Center, 9th Floor Lecture Hall  

Other Seminars

Fall 2018

This talk is cosponsored by the Columbia Economics Program for Economic Research. 

Book Talk by Dr. Nick Chater (Warwick Business School)  
The Mind is Flat: Thought as Case Law, Not Naive Science.
September 18, 2018, 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m, Warren 416

Past Seminars

Fall 2017

Dr. Rava Azeredo da Silveira (École Normale Supérieure and Princeton University) 
Various approaches to online inference — human behavior and theoretical models​ 
November 9th, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 326

Spring 2017 

Dr. Cary Frydman (University of  Southern California) 
The Role of Science and Attention in Choice Under Risk: An Experimental Investigation 
March 2 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 303

DrBen Hayden (University of  Rochester) 
Neuronal Foundations of Economic Value 
April 6 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 301

Dr. Peter Dayan (University College London) 
Betwixt fast and slow: Integrating model-free and model-based decision-making 
April 27 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 33

Fall 2016 

Dr. Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich) 
The brain’s functional network architecture reveals human motives
September 29, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 326

Dr. Jan Drugowitsch (Harvard Medical School) 
Normative decisions between more than two alternatives
October 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 301

Dr. Anne Churchland (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) 
A multisensory approach for understanding decision circuits​
December 8, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Warren 209

Spring 2016 

Dr. Jonathan Cohen (University of Princeton) 
Capacity Constraints in Cognitive Control:  Toward a Rational Explanation​
February 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 326

Dr. Martin Hellwig (Max Planck Institute)  
Regulatory Reform after the Crisis: Has the Financial System Become Safe?
March 8, 2016, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Uris 301

Dr. Giorgio Coricelli (University of Southern California)  
Strategizing and attention in games​
March 24, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 326

Symposium on Information Selection Featuring Mark DeanJacqueline Gottlieb and Eric Johnson
April 21, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 326

Fall 2015

Dr. Wolfram Schultz (University of Cambridge) 
Experimental Economics on Reward Neurons
September 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Uris 141

Dr. David Laibson (Harvard University) 
Myopia and Discounting 
November 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Warren Hall 208

Spring 2015

Dr. Drazen Prelec (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 
Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms of Self-Signaling 
February 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 207 Warren Hall 

Dr. Yael Niv (Princeton University) 
What is the role of the orbitofrontal cortex in reinforcement learning?
February 26, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 207 Warren Hall

Dr. Tom Cunningham (IIES and California Institute of Technology) 
Hierarchical Aggregation of Information and Decision-Making
March 31, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 311 Warren Hall

Dr. Benedetto DeMartino (University of Cambridge) 
Imperfect choice and the brain: confidence in value-based judgments
April 30, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 207 Warren Hall

Fall 2014

Dr. Aldo Rustichini (University of Minnesota)
Intelligence and Social Behavior
September 22nd, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 326 Uris Hall

Dr. Josh Gold (University of Pennsylvania)
October 22nd, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Room 326 Uris Hall

Dr. Lorenz Goette (University of Lausanne)
November 20th, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 207 Warren

Spring 2014

Dr. Michael Shadlen (Columbia University)
Decision Neuroscience Colloquium 
April 9th, 2014 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Uris Hall Faculty Lounge

Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University)
Scarcity: A Talk for People Too Busy to Attend Talks
March 31, 2014

Spring 2013

Nassim Taleb (NYU Polytechnic Institute)
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
April 4th, 2013 - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Uris 301

Martin Weber (Uni Mannheim)
Time Inconsistent Preferences and the Annuitization Decision
April 4th, 2013 - 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm Uris 333

Spring 2012

Public Policy and Choice Architecture lecture series
Shlomo Benartzi (UCLA and SaveMoreTomorrow)
Save More Tomorrow: Practical Behavioral Finance Solutions to Improve 401(k) Plans
March 27th, 2012

Co-Sponsored with the Finance and Economics Division
David Hirshleifer (UC Irvine)
Self-Enhancing Transmission Bias and Active Investing
April 5th, 2012 (Special time 2:15-3:45pm - Uris 332)

Public Policy and Choice Architecture lecture series
Todd Rogers (Harvard and ideas42)
The Psychology of Voting: Increasing Turnout with Behavioral Science
April 11th, 2012

Fall 2011

Daniel Kahneman (Princeton)
Thinking, Fast and Slow
October 10th, 2011

Dan Goldstein (Yahoo! Research/London Business School)
Targeting and Diffusion with Social Networks
December 8th, 2011

Fall 2011

Antonio Rangel (Caltech)
The neuroeconomics of complex choice: self-control and altruism
March 1st, 2012

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