Lunch & Learn: Decisions and Disciplines

Fri, Mar 01, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
/ Location: Library, Room 1312

Join us for our ​​​​​March Lunch & Learn featuring talks by graduate students in ​​​​Psychological & Brain Sciences and Comparative Literature! Lunch & Learn is co-sponsored by the Graduate Division, the Graduate Student Association, and the UCSB Library. ​Feed your mind and your stomach while socializing with grad students from across the campus!

Lunch & Learn
This Edition: Decisions and Disciplines

Friday, March 1
Noon-1 p.m.
Library, Room 1312 (map)
Lunch will be provided
*To help us estimate food, please RSVP*

Actually Giving a Shift Can Improve Your Decisional Outcomes

Evan Layher
Graduate Student in ​​Psychological & Brain Sciences

Everyday we make decisions based on uncertain evidence, such as whether or not to greet a familiar individual. You might embarrassingly say “hello” to a stranger or possibly ignore a known acquaintance. If the outcome of one type of error seems disproportionately worse, then it is strategic to shift your decision criterion by requiring more or less memory evidence before recognizing a familiar person. Some people are quite good at improving decisional outcomes by shifting decision criteria while others are bad, which can lead to detrimental consequences in certain situations such as whether or not a police officer should shoot an individual who is possibly holding a gun. 


But You’re Not ​a Scientist

Daniel Martini

​PhD Student in Comparative Literature

What does it actually mean to work at the intersection of literature and neurocognitive science? This short talk offers examples from my own work and that of others to reveal the benefits and complexities of hands-on interdisciplinary work.


This event will be moderated by​ ​​​Rebecca Metzger, ​the Associate University Librarian for Research, Learning & Engagement at UCSB.

Interested in being a presenter at an upcoming Lunch & Learn? Click here to find out more! If you have any questions about this event or Lunch & Learn in general, please email Daina Tagavi.

Event Contact : Daina Tagavi