Professorial Inaugural Lecture: "Rational Emotions"

Series Name Professorial Inaugural Lecture
Speaker Professor Eyal Winter, Department of Economics
Type Lectures & Talks
When 21 Oct 2014, 05:30PM - 06:30PM
Venue Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
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Professor Eyal Winter of the Department of Economics will give his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 21 October in the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1.

Rational Emotions is the title of Eyal Winter's best-selling book published in Israel in 2012. The book will appear in English and German around the world in early 2015. The book deals with the relationship between our emotional brain and our rational brain in various fields of our decision making including : economic and financial decisions, the workplace, our social interactions and our sexual behavior. We shall ask question such as: why do we have emotions? Is anger always bad for us? We will discuss the role of empathy trust and altruism in social interactions. We will study the difference between material and mental benefits in motivating employees in the workplace.  Finally I will mention recent research findings on the "love hormone" Oxytocin, and will discuss their implications for economic and social interactions.

The book was recently endorsed by seven Nobel Laureates in Economics, by Dan Ariely (Predictably Irrational) and by Sylvia Nasar (Beautiful Mind).


Eyal Winter is a Professor of Economics at the University of Leicester. He has published more than 50 research works on behavioral economics and game theory which appeared in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the  Review of Economic Studies and the American Political Science Review.. He was the Director of the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University, and also served as the chairman of the economics department at the Hebrew University. Winter was awarded the Humboldt Prize for excellence in research by the German government in 2010. He held senior professorship positions at Washington University in St. Louis, and the European University Institute in Florence. He is an elected council member of the International Game Theory Society and elected fellow of the Economic Theory Society. Winter has been invited to present his work in about 130 academic institutions in 26 countries around the world. His book "Feeling Smart: Why Our Emotions are More Rational Than we Think" will appear around the world in English and German in early 2014.

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