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Speaker(s): Dr David Rand
Chair: Dr Bradley Franks

Recorded on 8 December 2016 at Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Cooperation is central to successful human societies. But why are people willing to incur the individual costs involved in cooperating?

David Rand (@DG_Rand) is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Economics, and Management at Yale University, and the director of Yale University’s Human Cooperation Laboratory.

David's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Psychological Science, the American Economic Review, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Management Science, and has received widespread attention from print, radio and TV outlets. He has also written popular press articles for the New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, and the Psychological Observer. He was named to Wired magazine’s Smart List 2012 of “50 people who will change the world,” chosen as a 2012 Pop!Tech Science Fellow, and received the 2015 Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Research, and his papers have been awarded Best Paper of the Year in Experimental Economics, Social Cognition, and Political Methodology.

Bradley Franks is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE. He has interests in the intersections between culture, evolution and cognition, and has researched a variety of topics within this field, including the self, agency, varieties of knowledge representation and categorisation. His books include The Social Psychology of Communication (with D Hook & M Bauer, Palgrave MacMillan, 201), and Cognition and Culture: Evolutionary Perspectives (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011).

The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science (@PsychologyLSE) study and teach societal psychology: the psychology of humans in complex socio-technical systems (organisations, communities, societies). Our research deals with real-world issues, we train the future global leaders.

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