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Chen Institute Virtual Seminar

Thursday, April 30, 2020
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Forced Exploration and the "New Normal" from COVID-19
Colin Camerer, Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Economics; T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience Leadership Chair and Director, Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,
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In partnership with Caltech Advancement and Alumni Relations, this Chen Institute Virtual Seminar will take place on Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.


Habits save effort by repeating choices that are reliably rewarding. The hidden cost of habits is that new choices which are good may not be tried out, unless people are forced to "experiment". The pandemic forces experimentation and may lead to useful changes-- silver linings-- after it exacts its awful toll.

The 30-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A session with Professor Camerer.

The talk will be moderated by John O'Doherty, Professor of Psychology.

For more information, please contact Chen Institute by email at [email protected].