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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.

See our upcoming events below, or view past events in our Think Better speaker series.  

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Think Better with Laurie Santos: "What Behavioral Science Can Teach Us About Happiness"

Wednesday, October 26 6:00 PM
Hybrid: Rubenstein Forum & Zoom

Laurie SantosThe Think Better speaker series returns with Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of "The Happiness Lab" podcast. 

We all want to be happy, so why is it so hard? In this can’t-miss conversation, two experts on the science of wellbeing will explore what behavioral science can teach us about living a good life. CDR Faculty Director Nicholas Epley will join Professor Santos to discuss insights about happiness from behavioral science, engage the audience in live demonstrations, and offer practical ways to enhance your wellbeing in everyday life. 

This hybrid event will be held in person at the Rubenstein Forum in Hyde Park and streamed via Zoom. Registration is free and open to all, but space is limited and registration is required. RSVP today to save your spot!

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Think Better with Neela Saldanha

Wednesday, February 01 6:00 PM
Hybrid: Gleacher Center & Zoom

Neela SaldhanaThis winter, the Think Better speaker series will welcome Neela Saldanha, a behavioral scientist working in development and policy interventions to address poverty. Saldanha is the Executive Director of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE). 

This hybrid event will be held in person at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago and streamed via Zoom. 

Registration will open in January 2023, so please save the date and check back soon! 

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Think Better with Steven Pinker

Tuesday, May 23 6:00 PM
Hybrid Rockefeller Chapel & Zoom

Steven PinkerThe spring Think Better will feature Steven Pinker, best-selling author and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

This hybrid event will be held in person at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and streamed via Zoom. 

Registration will open in April 2023, so please save the date! 

About Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker conducts research on language, cognition, and social relations, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The Atlantic, and is the author of twelve books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank SlateThe Better Angels of Our Nature, and Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.

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