Annual Hans Maeder Lecture With Nobel Prize-Winning Psychologist Daniel Kahneman

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University, and a founding partner of The Greatest Good, a consulting firmwill deliver this year's annual Hans Maeder Lecture entitled "Why Hawks Win."

Why Hawks Win:
Arguments that pit hawks against doves have a familiar script: the hawks see a more hostile adversary than doves do, they believe that the adversary will respond to force, and they believe that their side will prevail in conflict. In negotiations, hawks have a more negative view of the opponent’s motives, and believe concessions will be exploited rather than reciprocated. A review of the cognitive biases most studied in recent decades leads to an unexpected conclusion: common biases favor hawkish positions, causing hawks to be viewed as more prudent than they really are. Hawks are persuasive and they probably win more arguments than they deserve.

Daniel Kahneman was educated at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and obtained his PhD in Berkeley. He taught at The Hebrew University, at the University of British Columbia and at Berkeley, joining the Princeton faculty in 1994, retiring in 2007. Over a wide-ranging research career he has been involved in many fields of psychology, ranging from vision and attention to the study of juror behavior and the measurement of well-being. He is best known for his contributions, with his late colleague Amos Tversky, to the psychology of judgment and decision making, which inspired the development of behavioral economics This work earned Kahneman the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 and other honors, including honorary degrees from several Universities, the 2006 Thomas Schelling Award given by the Kennedy School at Harvard “to an individual whose remarkable intellectual work has had a transformative impact on public policy”, the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association in 2007, and the Talcott Parsons Prize of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. He was instrumental in establishing the teaching of Psychology as a core discipline in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton. Kahneman’s recent book Thinking, Fast and Slow is a best-seller in several countries. (Photo credit: Audra Mellon).

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