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2020 Behavioral Science and Health Symposium

December 3 - December 4

Emily Oster, Tali Sharot, Richard Thaler headshots

The Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics’ (CHIBE) 10th Annual Behavioral Health and Science Symposium will be held virtually this year on December 3, 2020, from 1-5:45 PM ET and on December 4, 2020, from 1-5 PM ET.

We are excited to welcome as our keynote speakers: Emily Oster, PhD, Professor of Economics at Brown University; and Tali Sharot, PhD, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. We will also have a thought leader interview with Richard H. Thaler, PhD, the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science & Economics, Chicago Booth School of Business. All three of our guests this year are also authors.

If you are on Twitter, please follow along with our coverage and use the hashtag #BEandHealth20.

Thank you to our steering committee members: Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Katy Milkman, PhD; and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania); Gretchen Chapman, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University); Ayelet Fishbach, PhD (University of Chicago); and Justin Sydnor, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Find the 2020 Behavioral Science and Health Symposium agenda below.

December 3, 2020
1:00-1:10 pm  Welcome Remarks
1:10-1:55 pm Keynote Talk: Emily Oster, Professor of Economics at Brown University –“Selection and the Limits of Observational Data: Vitamins and Breastfeeding”

  • Keynote Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Discussant’s Comments: Gretchen Chapman (10 minutes)
  • Audience Q&A (15 minutes)
1:55 – 2:45 pm Research Session A – Talks & TalkBack

  • Introduction to session (5 minutes)
  • Eric VanEpps“Choosing the Light Meal: Real-time Aggregation of Calorie Information Reduces Meal Calories” (10 minutes)
    • Audience Q&A (5 minutes)
  • Julian Zlatev“Using Returnable Reciprocity to Increase Virtuous Behaviors” (10 minutes)
    • Audience Q&A (5 minutes)
  • TalkBack: Discussion questions in breakout rooms (15 minutes)
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 4:15 pm Research Session B (7-minute Flash Presentations; 7-minute Audience Q&A)

  • Alex Wellsjo “Simple Actions, Complex Habits: Lessons from Hospital Hand Hygiene”
  • Rahul Ladhania “Personalizing Treatments for Habit Formation: Learning Optimal Treatment Rules From a Large Multi-Arm Experiment”
  • Alex Rothman “Understanding why an intervention works isn’t sufficient: How the Operating Conditions Framework can advance the identification of strategies that promote health behavior change”
  • Ulrike Malmendier “CEO Stress, Aging, and Death”
  • Alia Crum“Nudging Mindsets”
4:15 – 4:30 pm Break
4:30 – 5:05 pm Research Session C – Talk & TalkBack

  • Elizabeth Linos “RCTs to Scale: Comprehensive Evidence from Two Nudge Units” (15 minutes)
  • Audience Q&A (5 minutes)
  • TalkBack: Discussion questions in breakout rooms (15 minutes)
5:05-5:45 pm Virtual Cocktail Reception
December 4, 2020
1:00-1:10 pm Welcome Back Remarks 
1:10-1:55 pm Keynote Talk: Tali Sharot, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London –“What People Want to Know in Health and Disease”

  • Keynote presentation (20 minutes)
  • Discussant’s Comments: George Loewenstein (10 minutes)
  • Audience Q&A (15 minutes)
1:55 – 2:45 pm Research Session D – Talks & TalkBack

  • Frank Schilbach “Long-run impacts of psychotherapy on mental and economic well-being, beliefs, and preferences” (10 minutes)
    • Audience Q&A (5 minutes)
  • Silvia Saccardo – “Lifestyle and Mental Health Disruptions During Covid-19” (10 minutes)
    • Audience Q&A (5 minutes)
  • TalkBack: Discussion questions in breakout rooms (15 minutes)
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 4:00 pm Research Session E (7-minute flash presentations; 7-minute Audience Q&A)

  • Ben Handel“The Social Determinants of Choice Quality: Evidence from Health Insurance in the Netherlands”
  • Michelle Meyer“Aversion to Covid-19 Experiments”
  • Tom Chang“Behavioral Responses to COVID-19 Testing”
  • Jonathan Bogard“Decisions from Experience: Making Better Decisions Using Probability Simulations”
4:00-4:05 pm Closing Remarks
4:05-4:15 pm Break; transition to new link
4:15 – 5:00 pm Interview with Richard Thaler, Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science & Economics, Chicago Booth School of Business

  • Introduction by Katy Milkman
  • Interview by Kevin Volpp

Venue

Online

Organizer

CHIBE