WHO: Bahador Bahrami, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, UK
WHEN: February 6th, 2017, 17:00-18:30
WHERE: AUB, Bliss Hall #203

This talk was supported by the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London


Observing Donald Trump’s rise to power, people have been asking: why did he tweet that? What was he thinking about? He persuaded millions of Americans to choose an outsider over tried-and-tested options. Our curiosity about Trump’s mental calculations highlights a fundamental question: What happens in our mind and brain when we try to influence others? I will report findings from exploring some ideas arising from this question.


Bahador Bahrami is a researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. He leads the research group “Crowd Cognition” at ICN, which investigates the cognitive and neurobiological basis of success and failure in collective decision making. More generally, Bahrami’s research focuses on cognitive and neurobiological basis of cooperation, social evaluation, visual attention and awareness, language and perception, mathematic cognition and time perception. 

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