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T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience Seminar

Thursday, January 10, 2019
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Baxter B125
"Outlier Blindness": Efficient Coding Generates an Inability to Represent Extreme Values
Elise Payzan-LeNestour, Associate Professor, School of Banking and Finance, University of New South Wales, Sydney,

Abstract: How do people perceive outliers? Building on a well-established theory from neuroscience, we conjecture that people are inherently hampered in the way they perceive outliers because the human brain has been designed to devote neural activity to representing the most probable values at the expense of the improbable ones. We find support for this conjecture in a series of controlled laboratory experiments.

For more information, please contact Mary Martin by phone at 626-395-5884 or by email at [email protected] or visit Elise Payzan-LeNestour's research website here..