Cordelia Fine, of the University of Melbourne, delivered a lecture on March 9, 2016 entitled, The myth of the Lehman Sisters? Sex, testosterone, and financial risk-taking. Video of this lecture has been posted on the Rotman Institute of Philosophy YouTube channel.

Abstract: There is growing scientific interest in the role of testosterone in financial risk-taking – a topic of considerable public interest too, with suggestions that there is “too much testosterone on Wall Street”. Both research and debate is often grounded in an implicit model in which testosterone is presumed to be the proximal mechanism underlying the evolved masculine trait of risk-taking. This talk will identify a number of problems with the underlying assumptions of this model, and report the findings from a meta-analytic study on testosterone and financial risk-taking.


Please visit the upcoming events page to view additional events scheduled for this year. Our next upcoming lecture, Carl Craver: Memory, Time and Agency, is part of the neurophilosophy speaker series, co-sponsored with the Brain and Mind Institute.

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