April 9, 2018

4:30PM - 6:00PM
Penn Museum
Rainey Auditorium
3260 South Street
  • Dan Ariely

The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program presents the 18th Annual Goldstone Forum

120 seats will be available for advanced RSVP.  60 additional seats will be available on a first come first served basis.

Despite our intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interests? Why do we promise to skip the chocolate cake, only to find ourselves drooling our way into temptation when the dessert tray rolls around? Why do we overvalue things that we’ve worked to put together? What are the forces that influence our behavior?

In this talk, Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, will discuss how the principles of behavioral economics can help us understand some of our irrational tendencies, specifically the mechanisms at work behind dishonest behavior.  One of the most interesting lessons is understanding our capacity to think of ourselves as honest even when we act dishonestly.  The implications of this research are far reaching and include a better understanding of financial crises, regulations, and day-to-day misbehaviors.

Named in 2013 by Bloomberg as one of the Top 50 Most Influential thinkers, Ariely is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight and co-creator of the documentary film (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies. A New York Times bestselling author, his books include Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, Irrationally Yours, Payoff, and Dollars and Sense. He also has a bi-weekly advice column in the Wall Street Journal called "Ask Ariely."

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