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"Noticing" will challenge participants to improve their ability to notice critical events in the world around them. The fields of behavioral decision research and behavioral economics generally focus on how we misuse information. In contrast, noticing is about our failure to even see critical information that surrounds us. The feeder funds that sent money to Madoff, the Penn State officials who allowed a pedophile access to children, the U.S. government officials who failed to see the threats to our airline security before 9/11, and countless other examples documents the human capacity to not notice across many domains, including intelligence, negotiations, decision making, and ethics. Avoiding noticing failures is the central mission of the course.
Course meets January 4-8. Please see syllabus for schedule details.