From random walks to colonoscopies: modelling how memory of the past affects future behaviour

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Time: 6:30pm

Please Note: Parking in the North East multi-storey car park is free after 6.00pm. Access is via Pritchatts Road, Sat Nav B15 2SA

University of Birmingham

Watson Building, Lecture Theatre A, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

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Tuesday March 13, 2018 6:30pm Tuesday March 13, 2018 6:30pm Europe/London From random walks to colonoscopies: modelling how memory of the past affects future behaviour University of BirminghamWatson Building, Lecture Theatre AEdgbaston, BirminghamB15 2TTUK From random walks to colonoscopies: modelling how memory of the past affects future behaviour, a talk by Dr Rosemary Harris (Queen […] Parking in the North East multi-storey car park is free after 6.00pm. Access is via Pritchatts Road, Sat Nav B15 2SA Event Link: https://ima.org.uk/8822/random-walks-colonoscopies-modelling-memory-past-affects-future-behaviour/ ima.west.mids@gmail.com

From random walks to colonoscopies: modelling how memory of the past affects future behaviour


From random walks to colonoscopies: modelling how memory of the past affects future behaviour, a talk by Dr Rosemary Harris (Queen Mary, University of London)

Abstract

As humans, how does memory of our past experiences affect our future choices?  Are there psychological biases which might cause us to behave less rationally than we think?  Can we make mathematical predictions about such situations?  And what does this all this have to do with theoretical physics research into “non-Markovian statistical mechanics”?  In this talk, I will attempt to address some of these questions starting from the statistical mechanics of random walkers and progressing (via discussion of colonoscopies!) to simple decision-making models of behavioural economics.

No charge is made to attend meetings; non-IMA members are welcome.

After the talk, you are welcome to join the branch committee and the speaker for a meal.

Download the event poster, Rosemary Harris, 13.03.18 (pdf)
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