Are You a Risk-taker?

Posted by Institutional Development Scheme for HKSYU

Event Type: Research Workshop

Event Theme: Decision Making

Speaker: Dr. Tom Schonberg (Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and The Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Date: 3 March 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Venue: Room 103, Library Complex, HKSYU

Language: English


1) Free Admission
2) We recommend registration in advance for seat-reservation and news update.


What is risk? While Economists define risk in terms of the variability of possible outcomes, clinicians and lay people generally view risk as exposure to possible loss or harm. In this talk I will review different tasks used to study risky decision-making in the lab.  While some of these tasks are decomposable into the different components of a decision they had limited success predicting naturalistic risk-taking. By contrast, more complex behavioral tasks developed by clinicians (e.g. Balloon Analogue Risk Task) correlate with naturalistic risk-taking but resist decomposition into distinct cognitive constructs. Interestingly there are data showing that risk in different domains is independent thus further emphasizing the need for better real-world predictive risk-taking measures.  I will discuss how the combination of computational modeling and functional neuroimaging techniques can lead to better understanding of human risk-taking behavior.

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