May 11

Convocation speaker - Peter Ubel '84

Physician and behavioral scientist explores the role of values and preferences in health care decision-making.

Friday, May 11th, 2012
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel

Peter Ubel '84 is a Philosophy grad and we are very fortunate to have him come to Carleton to deliver a convocation.  Peter is a medical doctor who asks arts and sciences questions. A physician and behavioral scientist Ubel's research and writing explores the quirks in human nature that influence people's lives — the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect health, happiness and the way society functions. His research explores controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision-making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. He uses the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision-making and health care rationing. Ubel is the author of Pricing Life: Why It's Time for Health Care Rationing and You're Stronger Than You Think: Tapping the Secrets of Emotionally Resilient People. His most recent book, Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature is at Odds with Economics – and Why it Matters, came out of his frustration with how the health care debate was being framed.  For more info.

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