Conference: Are Emotions Rational?


May 17, 2016

09:30 - 13:00



On 17 May 2016, Eyal WINTER (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), author of "Feeling smart. Why our emotions are more rational than we think" (PublicAffairs, 2014) will give a lecture on emotions and rationality.

It will be followed by a round table chaired by Pierre DEHEZ (CORE), with the participation of Olivier LUMINET (FNRS-UCL), Arno RIEDL (Maastricht University) and Valérie ROSOUX (FNRS-UCL). The lecture will take place at SOCR11 (Place Cardinal Mercier). It will start at 9.30am and extend to 1pm.


09:30 Presentation by Eyal Winter
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Round table
13:00 Drink


Should you want to read Eyal Winter's book before the lecture, it is available at the IMMAQ Library!


Eyal Winter is specialized in the field of behavioral economics and game theory. He is Silverzweig Professor of Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and member of the Center for the Study of Rationality. He has held professorship positions at Washington University, the European University Institute (Florence) and at the University of Manchester, and was awarded the Humboldt Prize for excellence in research by the German government in 2011. He has advised governments and corporations on behavioral economics and strategic decision making. His book "Feeling smart: Why our emotions are more rational than we think" (PublicAffairs, 2014) was endorsed by seven Nobel laureates. His press essays appeared in Time Magazine, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, Jewish Chronicle, Haaretz and more.

Olivier Luminet is Research Director at the Belgian Scientific Research Fund (FNRS), professor at the Catholic University of Louvain where he teaches psychology of emotions. He is also professor at the Free University of Brussel and has held visiting positions at the universities of Toulouse, Manchester and Toronto. Part of his research activity is dedicated to the links between emotion, identity and memories, individual and collective. He is currently coordinating a large interdisciplinary project on "Recognition and resentment: experiences and memories of the Great War in Belgium" and supervising projects on the intergenerational transmission of memories. Another part relates to the interactions between emotion, personality and health. Recent publications include "Oxytocin increases willingness to socially shareone's emotions ", International Journal of Psychology 48 (2013) and "Emotion regulation in alcohol dependence", in O. Luminet et al. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (2015).

Valérie Rosoux is Senior Research Associate at the Belgian Scientific Research Fund (FNRS) and professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) where she teaches international negotiation. She has a degree in philosophy and a doctoral degree in political sciences. She has held visiting positions at the universities of Laval and Johns Hopkins, and at IEP-Paris. In 2010-11, she was Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington). Her research activities concern international negotiations, the role of memory in international relations and the transformation of relations between past enemies. Recent publications include "Far away and so close: Former colonial powers and the management of political crises in their former colonies, European Review of International Studies 1 (2014), "Post-conflict reconciliation: A humanitarian myth?", in P. Gibbons and H.-J. Heintze (ed.), The humanitarian challenge, Springer (2015) and "Focal points and turning points: A comparative analysis", Negotiation Journal (2016).

Arno Riedl is professor of public economics at Maastricht University where he is heading the Center of Neuroeconomics. He was previously member of the Center of Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision-Making (CREED), University of Amsterdam. He is fellow of the International Center for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn and of the Center for Economic Studies (CESifo) in Munich. His research is strongly interdisciplinary using insights from biology, psychology, neuroscience and economics and game theory to investigate individual and interactive decision-making in various situations. Recent publications include "Be nice if you have to. The neurobiological roots of strategic fairness" in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (2015), "Partial coercion, conditional cooperation, and self-commitment in voluntary contributions to public goods", in Coercion and social welfare in public finance: Economic and political dimensions, S. Winer and J. Martinez (Eds.), Cambridge University Press, "To trust or not to trust: The dynamics of social interaction in psychosis" in Brain (2012).

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