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Science Matters Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Tools for Thinking About Risk During the Pandemic
June 17, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and Kansas City Public Library.
About the Science Matters Brown Bag Series
Science Matters Brown Bags are monthly programs co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and the Kansas City Public Library. They will focus on science-related topics that impact Kansas Citians.
Using one of the universe’s most complex systems- the human brain- each of us makes tens of thousands of decisions every day. Each choice involves fascinating and complex cognitive processes such as attention, perception, and memory that occur at lightning speed and often without our even noticing. During a time of heightened risk and sometimes overwhelming information, such as the current pandemic, that decision making process is pushed to extremes. Dr. Tim Pleskac, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas, will present what we know about the psychology of decision making and what that can tell us about how people think about and perceive risk in the current pandemic.
Tim Pleskac is a Professor of Psychology where he directs the KU Behavioral Science Laboratory. He studies how people make judgments and decisions; how these processes shape behavior at the individual, group, and organizational level; and how we can help people make better judgments and decisions. He investigates these questions with computational modeling and methods from the behavioral and neurosciences. His work is well recognized, winning the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, the Scientific Recognition Award from the European Association for Decision Making, and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. He is also the author of Taming Uncertainty, published by MIT Press in 2019.
When he is not at his desk, you can find him running, biking, rowing, or out in the woods fishing or hunting. In a parallel world, he owns a bike shop somewhere in the Midwestern U.S.
Accessing the Program:
This free, livestream program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. After you register you will receive an email with a link to join the session. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated. Thank you!Click here to register
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The program will also livestream on the Library’s Facebook page.
This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.
Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Ben-Haim, Yakov. Information-gap decision theory : decisions under severe uncertainty. San Diego, Calif. : London : Academic Press, 2001.
- Honigsbaum, Mark. The pandemic century : one hundred years of panic, hysteria, and hubris. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2019.
- Mahajan, Sanjoy. The art of insight in science and engineering : mastering complexity. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2014.
- Pollock, John L.. Thinking about acting : logical foundations for rational decision making. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.