Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein on optimistic bias, brains and climate change
One year ago, Misum hosted Cass R. Sunstein to talk about nudging and behavioral science. He is co-author of Nudge, which he wrote with Nobel prize winner Richard H. Thaler.
Now Misum is pleased to welcome him back to the SSE Aula for a new lecture: “How good-looking do you think you are? On optimistic bias, brains and climate change.” on January 16, 16.30-18.
2018-01-16 at 16:30
2018-01-16 at 18:00
How good-looking do you think you are?
How do people process new information?
The human brain finds good news more credible than bad news, so that we are more willing to believe that we are healthier, smarter and more beautiful than we thought before.
Asymmetrical updating plays a large role in politics; it bears on people's beliefs about climate change, immigration, and political candidates. It also tells us a great deal about consumption patterns – and about how to influence people.
Cass R. Sunstein, a professor at Harvard Law School, was an advisor to US President Barack Obama. He is one of the most-cited legal scholars worldwide, a prolific writer and the author, most recently, of: #Republic: divided democracy in the age of social media, Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide and The economics of nudge.
- Welcome: Professor Mette Morsing, Mistra Chair of Sustainable Markets and Scientific Director and Executive Director at Misum.
- Introduction: Professor Lucia Reisch, professor for consumer behaviour and consumer policy at Copenhagen Business School, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
- Cass Sunstein: How good-looking do you think you are? On optimistic bias, brains and climate change.
Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, one of the most-cited legal scholars worldwide and a prolific writer. He is the co-author of “Nudge”, which he wrote with Nobel prize winner Richard H Thaler. From 2009 to 2012, under President Barack Obama, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Cass Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects. He has been involved in constitution making and law reform activities in a number of nations. http://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10871/Sunstein