The Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences (IMBS) in the School of Social Sciences is a specialized research center where the objective is to facilitate interaction and common research goals among scientists whose purpose is to formulate precisely and test theories of human behavior; this is to be interpreted in a wide sense as manifested by the membership which spans the following areas: anthropology, cognitive science, economics, engineering, logic and the philosophy of science, mathematics, political science, and sociology. Additional faculty come from management science and psychobiology.
To describe our focus, consider the fruitful symbiotic relationship that has existed for millennia between mathematics and the physical sciences. A goal of the IMBS is to generate a similar relationship between mathematics and the behavioral and social sciences. With high-power social scientists (several are members of the National Academy) providing insights about the field and working with the mathematicians who are involved, new mathematical approaches to analyze these issues are being developed and new kinds of mathematical questions are being raised.
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May 19, 2016
Southwest Experimental & Behavioral Economics Conference
May 20, 2016 - May 21, 2016
Learning and Stability in Big Uncertain Games
June 2, 2016
September 19, 2016
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August 16, 2016
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Two honors for econ's Sacks
August 9, 2016
Economics graduate student Michael Sacks is recognized for both outstanding graduate paper and dissertation.
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July 21, 2016
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