- News Home
5 December 2013 11:26 am ,
Vol. 342 ,
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
- 5 December 2013 11:26 am , Vol. 342 , #6163
- About Us
Live Chat: The Science of Decision-Making
11 April 2012 12:30 pm
See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
The U.S. presidential election, American Idol, and the Academy Awards have one thing in common: Lots of people come together to decide the winner. Scientists are finding that such collective decision-making is much more complicated than it appears on the surface. The uninformed play an important role in keeping a group from getting hijacked by minority opinions, for example. What else are researchers learning about groupthink? Do humans make decisions differently from the way other animals do? And how might research into decision-making affect everything from television advertising to presidential campaigns?
Join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 12 April, on this page. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.
Save to my calendar
Iain Couzin joined the Princeton University faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in late 2007. His work aims to reveal the fundamental principles that underlie evolved collective behavior, and consequently his research includes the study of a wide range of biological systems, from brain tumors to insect swarms, fish schools and human crowds.
Jevin West is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Washington. He is interested in how information moves through social and biological networks and how this movement affects the evolution of these complex systems.