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09-09-2010

Decision-making Under Risk and Uncertainty at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe Sept. 22

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Decision-making Under Risk and Uncertainty will be discussed by Clarkson University Psychology Professor Andreas Wilke at the next Science Cafe at La Casbah,Decision-making Under Risk and Uncertainty at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe Sept. 22 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, September 22, at 7:15 p.m.

In describing his presentation, Wilkes says, "Decision-making is using information to guide behavior among multiple possible courses of action -- to move in some direction, to ingest something or not, or to favor one romantic partner over another. Such choices determine the way an organism makes its way in the world, and hence its degree of success in meeting the challenges of life."

Join Wilke for an interdisciplinary exploration into judgment and decision-making research and learn why the decision strategies modern humans (unconsciously) use are a result of the interaction between their evolved psychology and the environment in which they live.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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