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The Perception of Time

February 22, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Columbia University, Buell Hall, 515 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027

Most living things have evolved with an innate sense of the passing of time. Humans, and perhaps many other species, have the ability to estimate relatively short and long periods of time and can remember specific events in their lives in the context of time. How is time experienced and encoded in the brain, and how are memories created and kept on the spectrum of time? If we utilize both time and memory information to make predictions about the world, how does the degree of accuracy with which imagined future events can be located in time affect the coherence of the decisions that we make?

This seminar will explore the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and economics to discuss what we know about how people and other animals are able to be aware of the passage of time, the relationship between time and memory, and the behavioral consequences of accuracy or inaccuracy in the perception of time.

Speakers:
C. Randy Gallistel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers, The State University of NJ
David Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics, Harvard University
Michael Shadlen, Professor of Neuroscience and HHMI Investigator, Columbia University

Moderator: 
Daphna Shohamy, Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

This event is part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series.

C. Randy Gallistel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers, The State University of NJ

David Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics, Harvard University

Michael Shadlen, Professor of Neuroscience and HHMI Investigator, Columbia University

Panel Discussion