Measuring Happiness? Wed 15th January 2014, 6.30pm, London School of Economics

Measuring Happiness?

Wednesday 15 January, 6.30 – 8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics

Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science, LSE
Elaine Fox, Professor of Cognitive & Affective Psychology and Director of The Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience, University of Oxford
Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics, Warwick University
Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI

Chair: Tali Sharot, Faculty Member and Director of the Affective Brain Lab, Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences, UCL and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

In 2010 Prime Minister David Cameron launched the ‘happiness index’ initiative, to calculate the wellbeing of the nation alongside financial data like GDP. The first reports regarding the nations’ happiness were published last year. What does it mean to measure happiness? Can it really be measured? If so, how? Is this a more meaningful indicator of the state of the nation than GDP? What have we learned about the happiness of UK citizens? This session will bring together neuroscientists, psychologists and economists to discuss these issues.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEhappiness

Posted: 10/01/2014