Past Events

  • 2017 Dec 01

    Max Krasnow, Harvard University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel 345

    Title: Don’t tread on us: The psychology of bargaining in interpersonal and inter-group relations

    Abstract

    Conflicts of interest are rampant among organisms.  The asymmetric war of attrition, a model of conflict in theoretical biology, models the optimal decision making of an agent in conflict with another when their respective interests and power can vary.  'Solving' the AWA involves what can be construed as a bargaining psychology: a psychology that bargains for a preferred standard of...

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  • 2017 Sep 22

    Todd Rogers, Julia Minson, & Ryan Buell, Harvard Kennedy School

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Abstract:

    Talk I: The Belief in a Favorable Future
    Todd Rogers (HKS) shows that people believe that future others’ preferences and beliefs will change to align with their own.  People holding a view (e.g., support President Trump) are more likely than those holding the opposing view (e.g., oppose President Trump) to believe that future others will share their view.  Six studies show this belief in a favorable future (BFF) for political views, scientific beliefs, and entertainment and product preferences.  BFF can...

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  • 2017 Sep 08

    Michael Tomz, Stanford University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050
    Abstract: This paper examines how military alliances affect public support for war. Our survey-based experiments show that alliance commitments powerfully influence mass preferences about whether to intervene abroad. Both written and unwritten alliances had massive effects on support for sending U.S. forces. Two mechanisms drove these effects: concerns about reputation in international affairs, and concerns about the morality of leaving an ally hanging. The effects of alliances proved robust across a wide range... Read more about Michael Tomz, Stanford University

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