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HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, PhD, MA
October 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cullen Associate Professor of Medical Ethics I Center Associate Director, Baylor College of Medicine
“[Medical] Ethics and Philosophy at the Intersection of Decision Science and Behavioral Economics.”
Seminar Abstract: This talk will have three parts. First, I will discuss several challenging ethics questions that arose during the development and testing of a patient decision aid for advanced heart failure. All were about the ethics and science of shaping choice. Second, I will discuss findings from a study about how nudges might be used to motivate men with early stage prostate cancer to give active surveillance a try before jumping straight to surgery. Third, I will take a step back and discuss some of the more general philosophical puzzles and challenges in nudging ethics that continue to perplex me. I call these the “hard problems” of nudging ethics.
About Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, PhD, MA: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., is the Cullen Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Associate Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy, with a specialization in bioethics, from Michigan State University in 2008. Dr. Blumenthal-Barby’s research focuses on medical decision-making and the ethics of the use of behavioral economics and decision psychology to shape people’s decisions and behaviors.