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The Inaugural lecture of Professor Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau
Wed 17 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:30 BST
The making of decisions, the mind of computers, and the bean machine
New Kingston University Professor Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau will explore if we, as humans, are really in charge of our decisions at her inaugural professorial lecture on 17 May at Kingston Business School.
Decision-making is part of everyday life. As children, we decided what to play with. As adults, we decide what to wear, what to eat, where to live, what to work on, and so on. Managers and leaders decide who to hire, what risks to take, what to change. We make up our minds all the time … or do we?
Drawing on her research, Professor Vallée-Tourangeau’s talk, entitled, ‘The making of decisions, the mind of computers, and the bean machine’ will challenge common-sense conceptions of how decisions are made and will question whether this is really how decisions happen.
She will argue that in order to better understand how decisions are made, we need to step outside of people's heads and examine instead how decisions emerge from the repeated interaction of people's beliefs, ideas and cognition with their material, social and cultural environment.
This event is the third in a series of inaugural lectures by academics who have been made professors at Kingston University. These lectures will span a variety of topical subjects and will showcase some of the finest researchers in their respected fields of study.
The inaugural lectures are free but spaces are limited so booking is essential.