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Teale Lecture: Giving the Future a Chance

Thursday, February 1, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn, Storrs

Dr. Elke U. Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will give a talk entitled “Giving the Future a Chance” for the University of Connecticut’s Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment. The talk will take place on Thursday, February 1, 4 pm at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium, at UConn. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bounded rationality and finite processing capacity make it understandable that homo sapiens focuses attention first on the here and now. But many individual and social problems require increased attention to future costs and benefits, with climate change as the most urgent challenge for decisions that fully and justly weigh the immediate and certain costs and benefits of business-as-usual or greenhouse gas mitigation efforts against their delayed, risky, and often disputed costs and benefits. Dr. Weber will present data for three interventions that focus greater attention on future consequences and thus provide entry points for choices that better balance short-term and long-term goals and objectives.

Dr. Elke U. Weber is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She believes that psychological theory needs to interface with social problems in a two-way dialogue, proving itself with constructive solutions in real-world settings and being enriched and constrained by those settings. While much of her work draws distinctions between homo economicus and homo sapiens, Dr. Weber also examines individual, group, and cultural differences in discounting or risk taking and how best to assess and model them. She puts insights from her research to use by helping individuals or social planners design decision environments that capitalize on the full range of human capabilities and goals to make wise decisions.

The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment. The lectures are open to the public and do not require registration. For additional information please call 860.486.4460 or visit –


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