Laurie Santos

A monkey economy as irrational as ours

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Filmed Jan 2010 at TEDGlobal 2010
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Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.

Laurie Santos
/ Cognitive psychologist

Laurie Santos studies primate psychology and monkeynomics — testing problems in human psychology on primates, who (not so surprisingly) have many of the same predictable irrationalities we do.  Full bio.

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