The Columbia University Seminars on
Innovation in Education
Ethics, Moral Education, and Society
The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
Speaker: Prof. Adam Alter
Associate Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University
Monday, May 15, 2017, 7-9 PM, Faculty House, Columbia University
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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked explores why so many people today are addicted to technology-driven behaviors (social media, emailing, work, videogames etc.), and how we might address such behavioral addictions. Irresistible will be published later this month. Please see recent NY Times interview with Prof. Alter: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/science/technology-addiction-irresistible-by-adam-alter.html
Professor Alter is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, which examines how features of the world shape our thoughts and feelings beyond our control. He has also written for the New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, Huffington Post, and Popular Science.
He is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department.
Professor Alter’s research focuses on judgment and decision-making and social psychology, with a particular interest in the sometimes surprising effects of subtle cues in the environment on human cognition and behavior. His research has been published in, among other journals, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.Professor Alter’s studies have been featured on CNBC, PBS and BBC Radio, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist and Newsweek.
Professor Alter received his B.Sc. (Honors Class 1, University Medal) in Psychology from the University of New South Wales and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, where he held the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Dissertation Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Woodrow Wilson Society of Scholars.
Dinner: To augment the fellowship among members, you are invited to join other members for dinner at Faculty House at 5:45 PM. Dinner at Faculty House, a varied hot buffet (including wine), is $30, which must be paid for by check made out to Columbia University with “dinner” and seminar 585 or 511 noted in the memo line. Checks will be collected by the Rapporteur at the beginning of the meal. If you intend to join us for dinner you must let us know via email in advance, byMay 10.
Directions: Please see attached map and directions.