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Teen Science Café – Motivation and Decision Making: The Science of Behavior

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


Washington University in St. Louis Danforth Campus (PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL after registering for a CONFIRMATION with IMPORTANT INFORMATION on required liability waiver, driving directions, parking, student drop-off and pick-up, and campus building location for this cafe!)

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and ALL area middle and high school students in grades 6-12. Registration required. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Saturday, March 17. General registration opens Sunday, March 18.

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Washington University in St. Louis Danforth Campus
Psychology Building, Room 216A (H-5, #100 on Campus Map)
Forsyth Boulevard (between Big Bend and Skinker Boulevards)
St. Louis, Missouri 63130

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities

Featured Cafe Presenter: Debbie Yee, Graduate Student, Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Laboratory, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

What motivates you when you are making a decision or trying to achieve a goal? How do you choose whether or not a goal is worth the effort? Human decision-making is influenced by a wide variety of motivational factors, but a challenge that researchers face is understanding how motivation can influence the decisions and actions we perform on a daily basis. In this interactive Teen Science Cafe, you’ll learn about the challenges of measuring motivation in the laboratory setting and perform a hands-on experiment to gain experience with how psychologists study the effects of motivation on behavior. Debbie Yee talks about how she came to pursue a career in psychology and neuroscience and her current research focusing on investigating the behavior and brain mechanisms of motivation and decision-making.

Presenter Bio:
Debbie Yee is a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She specializes in cognitive neuroscience and computational modeling approaches and is interested in understanding the behavioral and brain mechanisms that underlie motivation, cognitive control, and decision-making in humans. Her current research focuses on understanding how humans combine different types of motivators to affect their decision-making and goal-directed behavior. Ultimately, she hopes that building a better understanding of how normative motivational processes occur in the brain can help inform how motivational deficits arise in psychiatric disorders like addiction and depression.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
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Washington University in St. Louis
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, 63130 United States
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