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Newsletter 215: September 24, 2018


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 September 24th 

2:30pm to 3:45pm - 1101 IAB
Economic Theory Workshop - Emir Kamenica (University of Chicago)
Quantifying information and uncertainty (with Alexander Frankel)

Tuesday September 25th 

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 330 
Marketing Seminar - Nikki Sullivan (Duke)
Indulgent foods can paradoxically promote disciplined dietary choices

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 306 
Columbia Macro Lunch Group - Anurag Singh
Title Not Available 

12:30pm to 1:30pm - Uris 327 
PhD Student Seminar - Polina Dovman
Title Not Available 

2:15pm to 3:45pm - 1101 IAB
Industrial Organization and Strategy Seminar - Bruno Jullien (Toulouse)
Title Not Available 

4:15pm to 5:45pm - 1101 IAB
Money-Macro Workshop - Loukas Karabarbounis (University of Minnesota)
Inferring Inequality with Home Production (with Job Boerma)

Wednesday September 26th 

4pm to 5pm - Schermerhorn 614
Psychology Department Colloquium - Chris Baldessano
Building Event Memories In Space And Time

Thursday September 27th

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 330 
Marketing Seminar - Artem Timoshenko (MIT)
Title Not Available 

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 333 
Microeconomics Faculty Lunch - Jacopo Perego 
Title Not Available 

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 141 
Finance Seminar - Arvind Krishnamurthy (Stanford University)
Title Not Available 

Seminars of Interest at NYU

Tuesday September 25th 

12:30pm to 2:00pm - Meyer 551 
Social Psychology Brown Bags - Colin Wayne Leach (University of Connecticut)
Title Not Available 

Article of the Week
“Gambling Brain” Studies Make Clear Why It’s Hard to Stop Rolling the Dice
Ongoing research is helping illuminate the biology of risky behaviors—studies that may one day lead to interventions for vices like compulsive gambling. A new study by a team from Johns Hopkins University analyzed the behavior of rhesus monkeys, who share similar brain structure and function to our own. Previous work has shown a brain region called the supplementary eye field (SEF) is, along with regulating eye movements, also involved in decision-making. When the authors suppressed SEF activity by cooling the region with an external metal plate—a process that is harmless and reversible—the monkeys were 30 to 40 percent less likely to make risky bets.

This newsletter is cosponsored by the Center for Decision Sciences and the Decision Making & Negotiations Area.

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