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How our Brains Decide, Create and Innovate
Decision making is one of the most complex processes that occurs in our brains, but it relies on the same processes as other forms of cognitive function. In this pair of talks by two experts in related, but different fields, they will discuss how our brains make decisions and how to harness that understanding to generate our best ideas.

Decision Making as a Model of Thought - Dr. Michael N. Shadlen
Our brains make decisions by taking in evidence from the environment via our senses or memory and committing to a plan or proposition. This process harnesses the same building blocks that make up cognitive function, but rather than happening quickly or reflex

Dr. Michael Shadlen will open the event by describing how our brains use information from our senses or memory to make decisions, a process that is deliberate and intentional, although not always rational. He will describe how decisions incorporate the main ingredients of cognitive function, and how understanding them can help us understand ourselves. Dr. Sheena Iyengar will then discuss how we can use our understanding of cognitive processes to harness our power for decision making and complex thought. She will discuss what it means to "think outside the box," using her new innovation method, Think Bigger, which draws upon neuro and cognitive science to show us how to get our best ideas.

Following the two talks, Dr. Anne Loffler, postdoctoral researcher in the Sensorimotor Learning Group at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, will then moderate a discussion with the speakers. Audience questions are welcomed, either submitted during registration or live during the event.

RSVP by Monday, September 27, 2021

Registration is required.

Drs. Shadlen and Iyengar welcome your questions!
Please submit them via the registration link no later than Monday, September 27, 2021.

This event will also be live streamed.

For more information about this event, please contact the Zuckerman Institute at zuckermaninstitute@columbia.edu

Sep 28, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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