In Dan Ariely's first two books, both New York Times bestsellers, Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, the behavioural economist shows how, despite best intentions, we often fail to act in our own best interests.With his third book, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves, Ariely has turned his attention to studying dishonesty in American culture. He has some surprising findings to share at an Assembly Series presentation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Graham Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
In David Morris’ influential book, “The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” the former infantry officer turned journalist embedded with U.S. military forces during the Iraqi War relives his struggle for survival in an attempt to understand and recover from the debilitating mental injury known as PTSD, so that others can understand and get help.
Psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt investigates how subtle racial biases are interpreted in the brain.
Attorney and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke, who last February testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the need to provide access to contraception, will kick off the spring lecture series sponsored by the Danforth Center on Religion & Politics.
True or False: All published research studies report accurate findings. If the statement were true, psychologist Brian Nosek wouldn't have dedicated several years to the Reproducibility Project, a major initiative involving hundreds of scientists volunteering their time to reproduce the results of many significant studies. Find out the results of the project, what they mean to the social science and science disciplines, and recommendations for improving the success rate, at noon on March 22 when Nosek will deliver a talk on "Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication."
“We are doctors, for Christ’s sake, and I simply want to know what happens to the body during sex." -- Michael Sheen as WashU doctor William Masters in the Showtime TV series, "Masters of Sex."
On October 28, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel talked about "The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain from Vienna 1900 to the Present."
On October 10, 2014 Carl Hart, neuropsychopharamacologist at Columbia University, delivered the annual Chancellor's Fellows Lecture on "Demystifying the Science of Drug Addiction: Neuroscience, Self-discovery, Race and U.S. Drug Policy."
On April 4, 2014 anthropologist Helen Fisher gave a talk on "Lust, Romance, Attachment: The Drive to Love and Whom We Choose." Her investigations of romantic love, its evolution, biochemical foundations and importance to human society are informing and transforming the way we understand ourselves.
On March 5, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Richard Davidson, neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices such as meditation on the brain, talked about "Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind."
On October 4, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Brown Hall, Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist and renowned health care expert, talked about "Health-care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works."
On February 18, 2013 at 5p.m. in Simon Hall, alumna Susannah Cahalan talked about her book "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness." The book chronicles her ordeal with a rare medical condition.
On September 23, 2011 food activist Ellen Gustafson talked about "A New Understanding of Hunger, Obesity and the Food System." The former United Nations' spokesperson for its World Food Program is using her skills to create real solutions, first with the FEED initiative, and now with the 30 Project.
On September 19, 2011 storyteller Jeremy Courtney talked about "Reconciliation through Healing." Courtney founded the Preemptive Love Coalition to eradicate the swelling backlog of Iraqi children in need of corrective heart surgery and to train a new generation of Iraqi medical professionals.