What is Cognitive Science

Using Cognitive Science to Promote Healthy Behavior

Dr. Gretchen Chapman

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University, Department of Psychology

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Health outcomes are determined in part by the behavior of individuals, andthese behaviors are in turn guided by internal decision processes.  Howcan an understanding of cognitive processes be harnassed to promotehealthier behavior? In this talk I use vaccination behavior as a test bedfor addressing this question.  I present studies that examine howvaccination decisions are influenced by framing, free riding, and thedefault effect.

Dr. Gretchen Chapman

"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

Note: Talks are also announced by email (with reminders sent the day of the talk) to people who have requested to be placed on our announce list. If you would like to be added to our announce list, please email the Business Office (business_manager@ruccs.rutgers.edu).