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Cornelis Wiersma Visiting Professor of Neurobiology Seminar

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Kerckhoff 119
Konrad Kording, Penn Integrated Knowledge Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Department of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania,

Title: "Quasi-experimental Causality in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research"

Abstract: In many scientific domains, causality is the key question.  For example, in neuroscience, we might ask about the causal effect of a medication or the activity of a neuron on perception, action, or cognition.  Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard to establish causality, but they are not always practical. Since the 1980's, empirical economics has undergone a so-called credibility revolution, requiring the development of rigorous methods to establish causality even when RCTs are not available.  Here we review these methods and focus on quasi-experiments relevant to neuroscience. We highlight how behavioral researchers can use quasi-experiments to do research that can credibly demonstrate causal effects.

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