Jesse Goldberg Department of Neurobiology & Behavior Cornell University   Male songbirds turn off their self-evaluation systems when they sing to females   Attending to mistakes while practicing alone provides opportunities for learning1, 2, but self-evaluation during audience-directed performance could distract from ongoing execution3. It remains unknown how animals switch between practice and performance modes, […]

Topi Miettinen Professor, Hanken School of Economics   Exploration in Teams and the Encouragement Effect: Theory and Experimental Evidence   This paper analyzes a two-person, two-stage model of sequential exploration, where both information and payoff externalities exist, and tests the derived hypotheses in the laboratory. We theoretically show that evenwhen agents are self-interested and perfectly […]

Devin Singh Associate Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University   Debt, Guilt, and the Foundations of Law   This lecture explores the blurring of economic, moral, and legal categories that takes place through the longstanding association among debt, guilt, and law. Questioning why so often to […]

Andrea Beltrama MindCORE Fellow University of Pennsylvania   When is the food simply delicious? Tackling the puzzle of emphatic exclusives   When occurring next to predicates located at the extreme of a scale, exclusive modifiers such as “just” and “simply” contribute an emphatic effect, intensifying the meaning of the utterance. I will refer to these […]