Behavioral Economics & Health Care Symposium

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Behavioral Economics & Health Care

Course Overview

Decision neuroscience- also known as Neuroeconomics- is the field that studies how we make decisions. This young discipline applies principles from behavioral economics to evaluate the effects of psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the daily decisions of individuals and institutions.

The present symposium will provide a practical and integrative approach of the application of principles from behavioral economics and decision neuroscience in health care.

A general overview of behavioral economics will be provided.

Showcase lectures will inform about relevant findings that contributed to advance the field.

Intended audience

Health care providers, clinicians, allied health, researchers with interest in health services research and health policy, policymakers.


  • Syllabus that will contain a summary of the topics to be presented.


Please phone or email Dina Coronios-Antoniou at St. Michael’s with your interest in participating no later than September 28, 2016

Phone: (416) 864-6060 Ext. 7830
Email: coroniosd[at]


Li Ka Shing Institute (LKSKI) – Allan Waters Family Auditorium
209 Victoria St., 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5B1T8 

Course Schedule

Time Topic Title Proposed speaker
9:20-9:30 Introduction Dr. Adalsteinn Brown/ Art Slutsky
9:30-10:00 What is Behavioral Economics & why is important? Dr. Tanjim Hossain (Rotman)
10:00- 10:30 Theme 1: Behavioral Economics: from the industry to health care Dr. Mara Lederman (Rotman)
10:30- 11:00

Showcase: behavioral economics in healthcare

Applying principles from Neuroeconomics in Multiple sclerosis and Stroke Care

Dr. Gustavo Saposnik
11:00-11:30 BREAK
11:30-12:00 Theme 2: Behavioral Economics in Health Policy: Rewards and Incentives TBA
12:00-12:30 Showcase: How behavioral economics may influence health policy?. Muhammad Mamdani
12:30-13:00 REFRESHMENTS
13:00- 13:30 The Government perspective: the challenge of improving quality and decreasing health care costs Aklilu Tefera (Director Policy Research, MOH)
13:30-14:00 A practical approach: “Choosing Wisely: new advances” Dr. Wendy Levinson
14:00-14:30 Workshop-Survey Dr. Gustavo Saposnik
14:30-15:00 Theme 3: Putting all together Dr. Adalsteinn Brown/ Art Slutsky, Saposnik

 Additional Information

Participants should send a two-page summary of their presentation to be compiled in a brochure.

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