Symbolic Systems Distinguished Speaker Event: Daniel Kahneman, Professor of Psychology, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2002

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Tuesday, April 27, 2004
5:00 pm –
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Kresge Auditorium (Law School)

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The Symbolic Systems Program presents:


Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2002

"Perception, Intuition, and Reason"

A Distinguished Speaker Event

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 5pm

Kresge Auditorium (Law School)

free admission


The distinction between perception and reasoning is familiar. A third

family of intuitive cognitive processes resemble reasoning in their

ability to deal with abstract information, but resemble perception in

their operating characteristics. Most thinking is intuitive and most

actions are guided by intuitive beliefs and preferences. The outputs of

intuitive thought depart from the extensional logic of belief and choice

in predictable ways. Many of these violations of logic can be traced to

familiar principles of perception.


Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. He is the

Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology at Princeton University and

Professor of Public Affairs at its Woodrow Wilson School. Kahneman is

only the second psychologist to win the Nobel Prize, and the first with

a pure psychology background. He was a professor at Hebrew University,

the University of British Columbia and the University of California-

Berkeley before joining Princeton in 1993. Kahneman has received all the

most prestigious awards in the psychology field, including the Hilgard

Award for Lifetime Contribution to General Psychology, the Warren Medal

of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the Distinguished

Scientific Contribution Award from the APA and the Grawemeyer Award for

Psychology. Kahneman earned his Ph.D. at the University of California-


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