Dr Michael Platt

Dr Michael Platt

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

United States

Prof Michael Platt’s research focuses on the biological mechanisms that underlie decision-making in social environments, the grasp of which has broad-scale implications for improving health and welfare in societies worldwide. He currently works on applying insights and technology from brain science to team-building and performance in business, sports, and, first-responders. Prof Platt’s broad expertise in psychology, economics, evolutionary biology, and ethology, in addition to collaborations with colleagues in these fields, have enabled him to reach ever-deeper levels of understanding about the neural bases of decision making and cognition.

Prof Platt is the former Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, former Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, and founding Co-Director of the Duke Center for Neuroeconomic Studies. He is winner of a MERIT award from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Williams Faculty Research Prize in the Duke University School of Medicine, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow. He has given the Sage Lecture at UC Santa Barbara and has received the Astor Visiting Professor award at Oxford University (deferred).

Prof Platt also won the Master Teacher/Clinician Award from the Duke University School of Medicine. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed papers and over 40 review and opinion papers, and his work has been cited over 4,000 times. His work has been featured in international media ranging from the New York Times to National Geographic. He has also served as a consultant on several films, including The Fountain (Warner Bros, Darren Aronofsky, director) and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of several companies, as well as the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Brain Science.

Informed or Influenced? The Art of Decision-Making

Main Stage

This session will engage with the key issues surrounding human decision-making, from politics, to questions of identity, to capitalism. The panel will enable a conversation between many different disciplines: neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. We will consider how human decision-making has evolved. How do sense perceptions and experience form judgments that lead to a decision? What role […]