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Monkey Economics

Feb 17, 2012

We’re not all economical geniuses, and we’ve all probably made less than sterling financial choices along the way.  Is there a reason for these lapses in judgment?

Dr. Laurie Santos is here to tell us about her research on the origins of our irrational decisions.  The Yale University psychologist draws on an evolutionary cousin’s propensity for theft, hoarding and competitiveness to explain our own fiscal behavior. Yep, today we’re talking monkey economics and why it means we humans might not be as unique as we once thought.

COMING UP: Dr. Santos presents the 10th Annual Paul D. Bartlett Sr. Lecture, The Evolution of Economic Irrationality: Insights from Monkeys, at the Linda Hall Library on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The event has already reached seating capacity, but if you're interested you can sign up for the wait list.

Dr. Laurie Santos is the director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale University where she and collaborators across departments explore the evolutionary origins of the human mind by studying lemurs, capuchin monkeys and other primates.  She received her A.B. in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2003.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.