Newsletter 193: Nov 13, 2017

The Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School
Welcome to the Center for Decision Sciences' Weekly Newsletter. Below you can find a list of events of interest.

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Seminars of Interest at Columbia

Monday November 20th

2:30pm to 3:45pm - IAB 1101
Economic Theory Workshop - Dilip Abreu
No Title Available

Tuesday November 21st

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 307
Columbia Macro Lunch Group - Michaela Pagel
Title Not Available

2:15pm to 3:45pm - 1101 IAB
Industrial Organization and Strategy - Pierre Dubois (Toulouse)
On the Role of Parallel Trade on Manufacturers and Retailers Profits in the Pharmaceutical Sector (with Morten Saethre)

4:15pm to 5:45pm - 1101 IAB
Money-Macro Workshop - Jonathan Parker (MIT) 
Reported Preference vs. Revealed Preference: Evidence from the propensity to spend tax rebates (with Nicholas S. Souleles)

Article of the Week
Music training strengthens children's brains, decision-making network
Neuroscientists at the University of Southern California's Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) recently published two studies describing results from a longitudinal study of underserved children living in various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Some of the children received musical instruction through Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, some were involved in a community sports program, and a control group did not participate in any specific after-school activities. The study revealed that children receiving musical instruction showed increased thickness and volume in brain regions associated with auditory processing. They also showed stronger neural connectivity in the corpus callosum, which is the part of the brain that facilitates communication between the left and right hemispheres. Assal Habibi, the study's lead author, stated that these findings "suggest that musical training is a powerful intervention that could help children mature emotionally and intellectually."

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