Conference: Neuroeconomics and the Biological Basis of Economics

April 25, 2022

NOTE: The conference schedule has been updated and will now run for only two days, May 6 - 7. 

Organized by professor Arthur Robson, the two-day in-person conference will be held at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver Campus - Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. 

A Royal Society of Canada fellow and leading researcher in the field of evolutionary economics, Robson is single-handedly organizing this conference, bringing together top researchers from around the world to speak on their research on neuroeconomics. A relatively new interdisciplinary field, neuroeconomics combines the studies of economics, psychology, and neuroscience to study our decision-making and economic choices.

Conference schedule

Friday, May 6 

9:00 - 9:30 am Coffee
9:30 - 10:10 am

Jan Drugowitsch
Harvard University, Neuroscience 

Predicting Visual Fixations from Attention-Modulated Normative Decision-Making

10:10 - 10:50 am

Cendri Hutcherson 
University of Toronto, Psychology 

Choosing, Fast and Slow: Implications of a Prioritized Sampling Model for Choice Under Time Pressure

10:50 - 11:20 am Coffee
11:20 - 12:00 pm

Rafael Polania
ETH Zurich, Neuroscience 

Rational Sensing: From Insects to Rodents to Humans to Machines

12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch 
2:00 - 2:40 pm

Ryan Webb
University of Toronto, Rotman

A Neuro-Autopilot Theory of Habit: Evidence from Canned Tuna 

2:40 - 3:20 pm

Cary Frydman
USC Marshall

Cognitive Imprecision: Evidence from Games and Risky Choice 

3:20 - 3:50 pm  Coffee
3:50 - 4:30 pm

Yuval Heller
Bar Ilan University 

Evolutionary Foundation for Heterogeneity in Risk Aversion

4:30 - 5:10 pm

Ryan Oprea
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Evolution as a Source of Behavioural Hypotheses in Economics: The Case of Aggregate Risk

5:10 - 5:50 pm

Jakub Steiner
CERGE-EI and the University of Zurich 

Consumer Theory in the Dark

Saturday, May 7 

9:00 - 9:30 am Coffee
9:30 - 10:10 am

Paul Glimcher
New York University, Psychology and Economics 

Theoretical and Empirical Allocation of Stochasticity in Noisy Choice Systems

10:10 - 10:50 am

Agnieszka Tymula
University of Sydney 

Behavioural and Neural Evidence on Probability and Value Coding in Monkeys and Humans

10:50 - 11:20 am Coffee
11:20 - 12:00 pm

Kenway Louie
New York University, Neural Science 

Asymmetric and Adaptive Reward Coding via Normalized Reinforcement Learnin

12:00 - 2:00 pm  Lunch
2:00 - 2:40 pm

Nick Robalino 
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 

Adaptive Cardinal Utility 

2:40 - 3:20 pm

Nick Netzer 
University of Zurich 

Endogeous Risk Attitudes

3:20 - 3:50 pm Coffee
3:50 - 4:30 pm

Philipp Sadowski
Duke University 

An Evolutionary Perspective on Updating Risk and Ambiguity Preferences

4:30 - 5:10 pm

Erol Akçay 
University of Pennsylvania, Biology 

Conditional Norm Following and Social and Epidemiological Dynamics 

5:10 - 5:50 pm

Larry Samuelson
Yale University 
Virtual presentation 

The Evolution of Risk Attitudes with Fertility Thresholds