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  • Wed, Nov 14, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    The Epistemology of Overconfidence: On the difficulty of being both wrong and knowing it

    Presenter: Don Moore, Professor, BerkeleyHaas

    In this talk, I begin by distinguishing three forms of overconfidence: overestimation, overplacement, and overprecision. Of these, overprecision (inflated confidence in the accuracy of our knowledge or predictions) is the most robust and least understood. I document its role in self-assessment, test performance, and macroeconomic forecasts. This leads to an epistemological …


  • Wed, Nov 7, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Their pain, our pleasure

    Presenter: Mina Cikara, Assistant Professor, Harvard University

    If humans are innately good, cooperative, fair, and averse to harming one another, why does widespread intergroup conflict persist? Several factors contribute to fomenting hostility between groups; in my talk I will focus on the role of pleasure in response to out-group pain. People who identify strongly with their social groups frequently experience pleasure when they observe threatening …


  • Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    You Want How Much?! Perceptions of Extreme First Offers and The Men and Women Who Make Them

    Presenter: Margaret Lee, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership, Haas School of Business

    Much research has robustly shown that individuals benefit from making a first offer in negotiations and has advocated high offers for sellers and low offers for buyers. However, little research has considered how extreme (unreasonably high for sellers and unreasonably low for buyers) offers, as well as the negotiators who make them, are perceived. Experiment 1 found that, compared to moderate …


  • Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Emotionally Unpredictable Leaders Harm Team Performance Because They Create Intra-team Power Struggles

    Presenter: Lindred Greer, Associate Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Prior research demonstrates that the discrete emotional displays of leaders, such as anger and happiness, send social information to followers that helps to direct team members’ focus, understanding of the situation, and motivation, boosting team performance. We argue that a key assumption underlying this research is that leaders’ emotions are informative to followers, sending …


  • Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

    2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104

    Sleepless and alone: How does sleep loss affect our social life?

    Presenter: Eti Ben Simon, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Center for Human Sleep Research, UC Berkeley

    Loneliness is a growing public health epidemic, reliably increasing mortality and morbidity risks in socially isolated individuals. A potential factor linking loneliness to poor health is disturbed sleep. Both lonely individuals as well as socially isolated animals suffer from worse sleep quality compared to socially connected controls. Focusing on the importance of sleep in modulating social …


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