Newsletter 206: Mar 26, 2018

The Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School
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Seminars of Interest at Columbia

Tuesday March 27th

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 307
Macroeconomics Lunch Group - Pierre Yared
Title Not Available

12:30pm to 2:00pm - Uris 332
Management Seminar - Hong Luo (Harvard Business School)
How does product liability risk affect innovation? Evidence from medical implants

4:15pm to 5:45pm - IAB 1101
Money Macro Workshop - Emmanuel Farhi
Productivity and Misallocation in General Equilibrium (with David Rezza Baqaee)

Wednesday March 28th

2:15pm to 3:45pm - IAB 1101
International Economics Workshop - Thomas Sampson (LSE)
Title Not Available

4:15pm to 5:45pm - 1101 IAB
Applied Microeconomics - Gerard Roland
Title Not Available

Thursday March 29th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - Uris 303
Marketing Seminar - JuanJuan Zhang (MIT)
Title Not Available

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 331
Finance Free Lunch (Faculty Only) - Giorgia Piacentino
Title Not Available

2:15pm to 3:45pm - Uris 303
Finance Seminar - Jeremy Stein
Title Not Available

Seminars of Interest at NYU

Tuesday March 27th

2:40pm to 4:00pm - 19 W 4th Street, Room 517
NYU Neuroeconomics Colloquium - Daniel Salzman (Columbia)
Title Not Available

Article of the Week
Having Your Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking
A team of researchers recently conducted two lab experiments examining whether the mere presence of one's smartphone impacts cognitive ability. In the first task, participants were asked to simultaneously complete math problems and remember random letters presented to them. In the second, participants saw an incomplete pattern and were asked to select an image to complete the pattern presented. Over 800 people participated in the experiments. To manipulate smartphone presence, the participants were asked--prior to the experiment's start--to leave their phones either face down on the table, in their pockets, or in another room. In all cases, the phones either had vibrate/ring functions disabled or were turned off completely. The results showed that participants whose phones were on the table performed the worst (followed by those whose phones were in their pockets), while those whose phones were in another room performed the best. The difference in cognitive capacity between the groups was similar to the difference in cognitive capacity between sleep-impaired and rested individuals. 

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