CB3: Jeffrey Stevens
Jeffrey Stevens is an assistant professor of psychology. He works in the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. http://cb3.unl.edu/
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- [00:00:02.310]The goal of my research is to understand
- [00:00:04.310]how and why people make the decisions that they do.
- [00:00:07.450]Understanding these types of cognitive processes
- [00:00:10.970]can help us potentially design
- [00:00:13.010]better ways of making decisions,
- [00:00:14.550]help people make decisions by,
- [00:00:17.090]for example, designing the environment
- [00:00:18.510]in a way that facilitates better decision making.
- [00:00:21.010]Offers people the types of information
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- [00:00:25.665]A lot of the work that I do is mainly behavioral.
- [00:00:28.125]I measure how they make decisions in various contexts.
- [00:00:31.225]We also measure cognitive processes,
- [00:00:33.405]like memory and attention, patience.
- [00:00:36.705]And we're also beginning to start work
- [00:00:38.265]on hormonal influences on decision.
- [00:00:40.925]I work with oxytocin,
- [00:00:42.415]which is a hormone that is involved
- [00:00:43.725]in social depth bonding in individuals,
- [00:00:46.225]so we're interested in looking at
- [00:00:47.425]how individuals vary in the levels of this hormone,
- [00:00:50.825]and how that, therefore, might translate
- [00:00:53.005]into how they interact with others,
- [00:00:54.605]the decisions that they make in a social basis.
- [00:00:57.245]A number of students are actively participating
- [00:00:59.145]in the research here,
- [00:01:00.185]which is, I think, a really exciting opportunity for them.
- [00:01:02.885]This gives them benefits,
- [00:01:04.945]because they get to see how research,
- [00:01:06.365]you know, top-notch, high-end research is done,
- [00:01:09.885]from the get-go.
- [00:01:12.185]To me, the most exciting part of this center
- [00:01:14.345]is the fact that it brings together
- [00:01:16.085]folks from lots of different disciplines
- [00:01:18.065]into one building to study similar types of topics.
- [00:01:20.745]So, we get to kind of feed off of the knowledge
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