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The Center for Decision Research hosts regular events to promote the field of behavioral science and yield scientific discoveries with the potential to improve individual and social welfare.

Think Better

The Think Better speaker series welcomes leading scholars and practitioners to discuss how insights from behavioral science affect society, shape policy, impact business, and improve individual lives. The topics are relevant to anyone interested in understanding why people think, judge, choose, and act as they do.

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Think Better: With Adam Alter

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5:30 PM
Gleacher Center


Adam AlterThe Think Better speaker series returns with Adam Alter, New York Times best-selling author and Associate Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business.

"Irresistible: The Rise of Screens and the War for Attention"

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Current trends suggest that the average American alive today will spend in excess of 15 years staring at his or her phone. This phenomenon reflects a recent shift in how we spend our time and attention, and in this talk, Adam Alter will track the rise of excessive phone use, its consequences for our health and well-being, and the psychological and commercial hooks that make it so difficult for us to leave our screens behind. He'll conclude by offering tentative solutions that suggest balance—rather than complete abstinence from screen tech—is the healthiest, most productive way to manage screen time. 

About the Speaker
Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department. He’s the author of Irresistible (March, 2017), which considers why so many people today are addicted to many modern behaviors, and Drunk Tank Pink (2013), which investigates how hidden forces in the world around us shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. He has also written for the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, Huffington Post, and Popular Science. He received his Bachelor of Science (Honors Class 1, University Medal) in Psychology from the University of New South Wales and his MA and PhD in Psychology from Princeton University.

*This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.*

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Think Better: With Alissa Fishbane

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 5:30 PM
Gleacher Center

Alissa FishbaneJoin us on April 29, 2020 as the Center for Decision Research welcomes Alissa Fishbane, Managing Director at ideas42, as part of the Think Better speaker series. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required (registration details will be posted closer to the event date).

Alissa Fishbane is a Managing Director at ideas42, a global nonprofit using behavioral science to design scalable solutions for social impact in over 35 countries. Previously she was Managing Director of Deworm the World, Latin America Director and founding Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action, and a Senior Director at City Year. Alissa graduated with honors in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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