Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series
Established in 1922, the Watson Lectures bring Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public.
Originally known as the "Friday Evening Demonstration Lectures," this public lecture series was started by Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 to 1959, in order to share modern scientific advances with the public. Eventually renamed in his honor, the Watson Lectures continue to spotlight the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting.
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The Brain Hates Losing (and Other News from Neuroeconomics)
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Presented by Colin F. Camerer
Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Economics
Director, T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience
Research in the field of neuroeconomics finds the brain mechanisms that underlie computation during economic decisions. For example, the brain differentiates losses from gains, and really dislikes losing. In his lecture, Camerer will discuss how aversion to loss and our emotional response to such events can explain aspects of stock trading, sports, and politics, as well as how measurements of brain activity can improve decisions and cooperative outcomes. Learn more
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