Frontiers Lecture: Kendra Seaman, PhD

11/22/2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
DallasTX 

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Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lecture Series 

The Center for BrainHealth invites scientists to share their scientific study with students and other researchers at the Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lectures. The lectures are heavily science focused and are not intended for a lay audience. Lectures to be simulcast among UTD affiliated locations.

The lectures are free, but you must register to reserve your seat. Lunch is served at 11:45 AM.

Modelin Value in Decision Making

People face a myriad of decisions every day, ranging from the crucial to the trivial. Should I invest in a risky stock or in a safe bond? Should I get my favorite drink at the coffee shop, or try something new?

These decisions require people to integrate information: either weighing potential benefits and costs, or updating their expectations based on new information. Based on research in younger adults, scientists believe people use similar computational and neural mechanisms when integrating information and making decisions. But how do these computational and neural mechanisms change with age? Dr. Kendra Seaman will present three studies using a variety of computational and neuroimaging methods to explore how decision-making processes change, or are preserved, across adulthood.

Dr. Kendra Seaman completed her BA in psychology and biology at the University of Kansas before joining Teach For America. After teaching in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC, she completed a Master’s and PhD at The Catholic University of America. She completed a postdoc in the Motivated Cognition and Aging Brain Lab with Gregory Samanez-Larkin (at Yale and Duke Universities) before joining the faculty at UT Dallas.