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Yale University comparative psychologist Laurie Santos explores the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. Recent experiments in "monkeynomics" demonstrate that monkeys make some of the same silly financial choices we do. But there are also ways in which humans are uniquely irrational—and sometimes monkeys make smarter choices.

This SciCafe event occurred on April 2, 2014. Hear the full program in this podcast, or watch a version here: 

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Find out more about Yale's Comparative Cognition Laboratory, directed by Laurie Santos.

Watch Laurie Santos give a TED Talk entitled, "A Monkey Economy as Irrational as Ours"

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April 2, 2014

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