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Cognitive Biases and Decision-Making: The Case of the COVID-19 Response

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic, the reaction of populations and the response of governments in various countries raise many questions. Cognitive science can help us understand the biases that affect these reactions, and the apparent irrationality of some of them.

In this interactive session, Professor Olivier Sibony will use this epidemic to present several cognitive biases that affected the initial understanding of the situation and still affect its management. The discussion will highlight the lessons that policy-makers can draw from this in their practice.

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