Agenda 29mar2019 PhD defense Jennifer Swart

Jennifer Swart To go or not to go. On motivational biases in decision making

When asking ’What makes us humans unique?’ people often think of qualities like the ability to reason and to make well considered choices.

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Jennifer Swart To go or not to go. On motivational biases in decision making

When asking ’What makes us humans unique?’ people often think of qualities like the ability to reason and to make well considered choices. Yet, in reality we do not compute all our choices like computers. That would not work! Therefore we often rely on simple heuristics that are not completely rational. New research from Jennifer Swart shows that even learning from experience can be susceptible to such heuristics. Some actions are easier learned that others, because they are more in line with your view of how the world works. It is easier to learn to take action for example than to learn to hold back when you know your behaviour leads to pleasant outcomes. These irrational learning processes appear to rely on the same primitive brain regions as the simple heuristics. More developed brain regions can help to deviate from the irrational behaviour when necessary.

Date, time and location PhD defense

  • Date: 29 March 2019
  • Time: 10.30 hrs
  • Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2

About the PhD Candidate Jennifer Swart

Jennifer Swart (1989) graduated cum laude at the University of Amsterdam in 2013 (Research Master Psychology).

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About the PhD Candidate Jennifer Swart

Jennifer Swart (1989) graduated cum laude at the University of Amsterdam in 2013 (Research Master Psychology). She carried out the above doctoral research within the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. Currently, she is working as a statistical researcher at Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek), focussing on the Dutch healthcare system.
 


Promotor

  • Promotor(s): Prof. R. Cools and Prof. M.J. Frank
  • Co-promotor(s): H.E.M. den Ouden PhD

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