Past Event

Cognition And Decision Seminar Series – Symposium on Information Selection

April 21, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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326 Uris Hall, Columbia University, 3022 Broadway, New York

A Symposium on Information Selection will be held featuring Mark Dean, Jacqueline Gottlieb and Eric Johnson.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is available by visiting the event’s website.

Understanding how people choose what information to attend to is central to modeling human behavior. The study of information acquisition lies at the intersection of three disciplines: neuroscience, psychology and economics. This symposium brings together speakers from each of  these areas to provide their perspectives on how attention is modeled in their fields. Dean (Economics) will focus on recent advances in the study of ‘rational inattention,’ which models a decision maker who allocates attention optimally given costs and benefits of information. Johnson
(a psychologist in the Business School) will discuss how information acquisition can be used to reveal cognitive processes in choice. Gottlieb (Neuroscience) will discuss the relation between studies of attention and decision in neuroscience, and the dual roles of uncertainty and reward in motivating information sampling.

The Cognition and Decision Seminar Series is sponsored by the Program for Economic Research and the Center for Decision Sciences.