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Is cooperation intuitive? Is greed calculated? Does the truth come naturally? Does lying necessarily require cognitive effort?

Detail Summary
Date 3 May 2016
Time 08:45 - 20:30

The symposium is organized by ABC, Research Priority Area Behavioral Economics, Economics and Business, and the European Research Council.

3 May 2016        08:45 - 18:35 (reception till 20:30)

Keynote speakers:

David Rand (Yale), Yoella Bereby-Meyer (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) and Benjamin Hilbig (University of Koblenz-Landau)

The classical economic approach suggest that self-interest drives behavior. Greed is thus expected to be the default, and cooperation calculated. Self-serving lies should be easy to generate, while honesty less so. The classical cognitive psychological approach, on the contrary, considers honesty the default, and holds that lying requires deliberation. While these two research lines have long lived parallel to each other, there is recent cross-interaction.

The goal of this interactive symposium is to bring together these perspectives, and to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration. This symposium will discuss recent work that may reveal the conditions in which norm obeying behavior is intuitive, or rather calculated.

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The symposium is open for anyone interested, but requires registration before April 20 as the number of places is limited.

Register here

Blitz session - call for submission

There are a limited number of spots available for PhD or post-doctoral students  to present their work at a Blitz session (~5-7 minutes talks).

If you are interested, please send a short abstract (up to 150 words) before April 5th to

Decisions will be communicated before April 15th.

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