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Colloquium Event Series 2019-2020: Nathaniel Daw (Princeton University)
February 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
We are excited to welcome Dr. Nathaniel Daw from the Department of Psychology at Princeton University to give a talk on Thursday, February 20th at 4:00pm in room 121 of the Brogden Psychology building. Refreshments will be provided at 3:50pm. The title and abstract of the talk are below.
This talk is generously funded by the Sharon M. Guten Donor Advised Fund.
Title: What’s so hard about decision making?
Abstract: Unlike in the laboratory, making decisions in the real world involves a number of fundamental computational difficulties, such as dealing with actions whose consequences are distant in space and time, and also interdependent with still other decisions. I revisit classic and new theoretical modeling work and experimental data concerning the brain’s decision making in light of these fundamental constraints. Many phenomena of both healthy choice (deliberation and automaticity) and its dysfunction in mental illness (including compulsion, craving, rumination, and anxiety) can be understood as ultimately rooted in these core computational constraints and the brain’s adaptations to address them.