The Evolution of Irrationality: Lessons from Primates

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Dr. Laurie Santos

Dr. Laurie Santos

with Dr. Laurie Santos, Yale University

Laurie Santos explores the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. Recent experiments in "monkeynomics" demonstrate that monkeys make some of the same silly financial choices we do. But there are also ways in which humans are uniquely irrational, and sometimes monkeys make smarter choices. Dr. Santos looks at the origins of irrational decision-making, and what that tells us about the evolution of the human mind.

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About Laurie
Laurie Santos is a cognitive psychologist who studies the evolution of human cognition by exploring how other animals think about the world.  She is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale University. Laurie's research has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Forbes, The New Yorker, New Scientist, National Wildlife Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and Discover Magazine.

She is the recipient of Harvard University's George W. Goethals Award for Teaching Excellence, the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research, and Yale's highest teaching prize; The Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Excellence in the Social Sciences.