Past Event

From the Faculty Lounge: Why Do We Do That? Decision-Making and Natural Selection

October 3, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Barnard Hall Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York

Speakers: Joshua New, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Barnard College

Homa Zarghamee, Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College

Returning this fall, From the Faculty Lounge continues to bring together some of Barnard’s most notable professors, authors, and experts for enlightening discussions. Joshua New, assistant professor of psychology, and Homa Zarghamee, assistant professor of economics, discuss how human behavior can reflect both explicit decision-making processes and implicit biases shaped by natural selection. Moderated by Provost Linda Bell.

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early as this event will be filmed and doors will close promptly at 6:30 PM.

Joshua New, assistant professor of psychology, joined Barnard’s faculty in 2009.  Before coming to Barnard, he was a -postdoctoral fellow in the Perception and Cognition Laboratory at Yale University, and previously taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Lancaster Award for best dissertation in social sciences and the President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship from the graduate division of U.C.-Santa Barbara. At Barnard he teaches introduction to psychology and courses on cognitive psychology.

Homa Zarghamee's recent research focuses on (i) the impact of mood on economic behavior, (ii) determinants of social preferences, (iii) gender and competition, and (iv) determinants of subjective well-being. Other areas of research include the economics of child labor, youth in developing countries, and transition from education to the labor force in Iran. Zarghamee has done consulting work for the World Bank, and her work has been published in the American Economic ReviewJournal of Development Economics, and Journal of Public Economics, among other outlets. Professor Zarghamee received her Ph.D and M.A. in Economics and B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Cornell University.

Catch previously recorded conversations on the series website.

This event is sponsored by Barnard College.