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Dana Discovery Dialogues: How the Brain Decides

January 17, 2024

The fourth event of the Dana Discovery Dialogues was held on January 24 from 3-4pm ET.

As we welcomed in the New Year, the Dialogues pondered the influences that affect our decision-making. Why do our brains sometimes fall for misinformation? How are algorithms taking advantage of these mechanisms on mass-communication platforms? Our expert panel will explore the neuroscience of decision-making and how our brains can be so easily influenced.


  • Brian Knutson, Professor, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Stephanie Groman, Ph.D., University of Chicago Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Neuroscience Institute
  • Paul Glimcher, Ph.D., New York University

Produced in partnership by the Dana Foundation and Boston College of Communication, Dana Discovery Dialogues is hosted by Mariette DiChristina, dean of Boston University College of Communication, and Tyler Jones of SciCommers. This six-month, virtual series aims to unpack some of the most pressing and occasionally contentious topics in contemporary neuroscience. These discussions are curated to highlight how the latest research influences everything from our personal decisions to the broader challenges society faces. The series is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the Dana Discovery Dialogues, held monthly through March 2024.

*Updated 1/30/2024

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