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How People Really Make Medical Decisions: The Problem of the Patient

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The talk will highlight dilemmas related to public policy, funding, and nudges.

Prof. Miron-Shatz’s work deals with the way people understand (or misunderstand) medical information. Specifically, she will discuss comprehension of probabilities in genetic counseling, breast cancer, and fertility. On one hand, she will share findings showing presentation formats that improve comprehension, and, on the other hand, she will demonstrate how probabilistic information is pushed aside in the decision making process.

Talya Miron-Shatz is an Associate Professor at the Ono Academic College. She has a PhD. in social psychology and did her post-doctoral work at Princeton University with Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, and was a lecturer at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. Her academic publications deal with the ways people evaluate their experiences –regarding happiness and as consumers. Her research focus is medical decision making and digital health. She aims to give people tools for making better medical decisions – through her studies, industry consulting, public speaking, and with her startup, Buddy&Soul, a personal development platform.

MR12 , Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge: Ask at reception for the location of MR12 or find it in the basement level of Pavilion D.

Hosted by the Winton Centre for Risk & Evidence Communication

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