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Irresistible: The Rise of Screens and the War for Attention

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Professor Adam Alter (NYU Stern) will track the rise of excessive phone use and its consequences, and offer tentative solutions.

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Irresistible: The Rise of Screens and the War for Attention

Current trends suggest that the average American alive today will spend in excess of 15 years staring at his or her phone. This phenomenon reflects a recent shift in how we spend our time and attention, and in this talk, Adam Alter will track the rise of excessive phone use, its consequences for our health and well-being, and the psychological and commercial hooks that make it so difficult for us to leave our screens behind. He'll conclude by offering tentative solutions that suggest balance—rather than complete abstinence from screen tech—is the healthiest, most productive way to manage screen time.

5:00 P.M. Doors open

5:30–6:00 P.M. Reception and PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories Pop-Up Study

6:00–7:00 P.M. Lecture, followed by Q&A

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and the Robert Stansky Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow. He also holds an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department.

Adam is the New York Times bestselling author of two books: Irresistible (2017), which considers why so many people today are addicted to screens and other tech-driven experiences, and Drunk Tank Pink (2013), which investigates how hidden forces in the world around us shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Adam studies human judgment and decision-making, with an emphasis on the surprising effects of subtle environmental cues on behavior. He has written for the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, Atlantic, and WIRED, among other publications, and shared his ideas on NPR's Fresh Air, at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, and with dozens of companies around the world.

He received his Bachelor of Science (Honors Class 1, University Medal) in Psychology from the University of New South Wales and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, where he held the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Dissertation Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Woodrow Wilson Society of Scholars.

ABOUT THE THINK BETTER SPEAKER SERIES

The Center for Decision Research Think Better Speaker Series explores how insights from behavioral science affect society, shape policy, impact business, and improve individual lives. The topics are relevant to anyone interested in understanding why people think, judge, choose, and act as they do.

2019-2020 Think Better Speakers

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

FEBRUARY 19, 2020

  • Adam Alter, Associate Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business

APRIL 29, 2020

  • Alissa Fishbane, Managing Director at ideas42

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR DECISION RESEARCH

The Center for Decision Research (CDR) is a dynamic community of behavioral scientists who examine the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices. As part of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the CDR is home to preeminent faculty and researchers whose accolades include the Nobel Prize and MacArthur Fellowship. The Center for Decision Research conducts world-class behavioral science research, mentors the next generation of leading scholars and practitioners, and serves as an intellectual hub for the discipline—advancing scientific discovery as well as public awareness of behavioral science’s positive impact at both the individual and societal level.

The PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Center for Decision Research enable academics to conduct the highest impact behavioral science experiments where people live and work. Through this innovative partnership with the University of Chicago, PIMCO supports diverse and robust research that contributes to a deeper understanding of human behavior and decision-making and helps empower leaders to make wiser choices in business and society.

Help advance our scientific understanding of human behavior by participating in a simple, short study prior to the talk! Participants in our studies are asked to answer questions about their thoughts and feelings in response to a range of experiences, from computer surveys to interactions with other people.

LEARN MORE

To read more about the Center's work, participate in experiments, and join the conversation, visit ChicagoBooth.edu/CDR and twitter.com/CDR_Booth

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