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The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

Do people think irrationally? Seminar

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18:00 - 20:00
13 December 2018
Building 2, room 3043 Highfield campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ

Event details

Do people think irrationally? Yes, they do! No, wait. It’s complicated…Why don’t you come to this seminar and make up your own mind?

Whereas it is fashionable lately for magazines, newspapers, popular science writers and others to pronounce us to be irrational, bad thinkers, bad decision makers, one should read beyond the headlines—and perhaps reconsider? I will present to you puzzles, examples and arguments from decades of research. We will discuss together what the ‘right’ answers are. I am guessing that we will not all agree, but we can try to have a rational discussion about irrationality.

18:00: Registration, refreshments and networking (by the entrance of Building 2)

18:45: Keynote seminar (in room 3043)

19:30: Q & A

20:00: Event Close

A Livestream link will be emailed near the date of the event to anyone that have selected the "Live Stream" ticket at registration.

Please note registration closes on Monday 10th December at 11pm.


Speaker information

Konstantinos Katsikopoulos,Konstantinos Katsikopoulos has been an associate professor of behavioural operations at SBS for two years. Before he worked as deputy director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and as visiting assistant professor at MIT. He teaches and researches how standard decision theory can be combined with the simple rules of thumb that people actually use. He has engaged with organisations such as the Bank of England and Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, and results have been covered in outlets such as Science News and Founding Fuel. He is currently finishing an accessible book for MIT Press entitled “Classification in the Wild”.

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