Past Event

Symposium on Information Selection

April 21, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Uris 326, Columbia University Business School, 3022 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

A Symposium on Information Selection will be held on April 21st from 6:00-7:30 PM. This event features Mark Dean, Jacqueline Gottlieb and Eric Johnson. It will be held in Uris 326 (the Columbia Business School main building). This event is free and open to the public. Registration is available by visiting the event’s website.

Understanding how people choose what information to attend to is central to modeling human behavior. The study of information acquisition lies at the intersection of three disciplines: neuroscience, psychology, and economics. This symposium brings together speakers from each of these areas to provide their perspectives on how attention is modeled in their fields. Dean (Economics) will focus on recent advances in the study of ‘rational inattention,’ which models a decision maker who allocates attention optimally given costs and benefits of information. Johnson
(a psychologist in the Business School) will discuss how information acquisition can be used to reveal cognitive processes in choice. Gottlieb (Neuroscience) will discuss the relation between studies of attention and decision in neuroscience, and the dual roles of uncertainty and reward in motivating information sampling.

The Cognition and Decision Seminar Series is sponsored by the Program for Economic Research and the Center for Decision Sciences.