SciCafe: The Evolution of Irrationality - Insights from Primates


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The ancestral history of humans and primates is extensive, but can it explain even our financial choices? New experiments in “monkeynomics” demonstrate that monkeys make some of the same silly financial choices we do – but sometimes they make smarter choices. In this SciCafe, Yale University comparative psychologist Laurie Santos explores the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions.

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This SciCafe event was presented in collaboration with The Leakey Foundation.

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