First Annual Michigan Meeting 2010

The Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption: Mechanisms of Allocating Resources Across Disciplines

MAY 12-15 2010
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA


FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


For full titles and abstracts of the all-plenary registration portion, click here.
For full titles and abstracts of the student posters on the 15th, click here.

Wednesday, May 12th

Welcome, Opening Lecture

3:30 PM Arrivals, check in, registration table open Assembly Hall
4:30 PM Light refreshments available Assembly Hall
5:15-5:20 PM Introductions (Stephanie Preston, John Mitani) Rackham Auditorium on the first floor
5:15-6:30 PM Public Lecture by Frans de Waal:
Monkey Business: Cooperation and Fairness in Primates
Rackham Auditorium on the first floor
6:30-7:00 PM Book Signing by Frans de Waal Main atrium of Rackham, on the first floor
7:00-9:00 PM Private Speaker Dinner East Conference Room


Thursday, May 13th

Day one of the all-plenary meeting for registered participants

All registration-only conference activities will take place in Rackham Buildling on the 4th floor. The all-plenary talk sessions will be in the Ampitheater and all food will be served in Assembly Hall (with overflow dining in the East conference room).
Time Event
8:00-9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45 AM Antoine Bechara:
The hidden island of addiction: The insula
9:45-10:30 AM Terry Robinson:
Individual variation in the ability of reward cues to instigate desire (and consumption)
10:30-10:50 AM Morning break
10:50-11:35 AM Brian Knutson:
The affective core of acquisition
11:35-12:05 PM Morning Discussion (Discussants: Stephanie Carpenter, Brian Vickers)
12:05-1:30 PM Lunch
1:30-2:15 PM Bruce J. Ellis:
Life history, resource allocation, and consumption
2:15-3:00 PM David Sherry:
Decisions, memory, and neural adaptation in food-storing birds
3:00-3:20 PM Afternoon Break
3:20-4:05 PM Randy Frost:
Buried in treasures
4:05-4:35 PM Afternoon Discussion (Discussant: Kiara Timpano)
4:35-5:45 PM Wine and Cheese Reception (bring your drink tickets)

Evening Lecture (open to public)

6:00-6:05 PM Introductions (Stephanie Preston, Randy Nesse)
6:05-7:15 PM Public Lecture by Robert Frank:
Consumption as pollution: Why other people's spending matters
(overflow accommodations in the East Conference room with a live video feed)
7:15-7:45 PM Book Signing by Robert Frank
7:30-10:00 PM Private Dinner at the home of Stephanie Preston (Invitation Only)


Friday, May 14th

Day two of the all-plenary meeting for registered participants

All registration-only conference activities will take place in Rackham Buildling on the 4th floor. The all-plenary talk sessions will be in the Ampitheater and all food will be served in Assembly Hall (with overflow dining in the East conference room).
Time Event
8:00-9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45 AM Paul Webley:
Children’s saving: The development of deferred consumption?
9:45-10:30 AM Stephen Lea:
Explaining life-time decisions: Hyperbolic discounting, mental time travel, and the use and abuse of credit
10:30-10:50 AM Morning Break
10:50-11:35 AM Stephanie D. Preston:
The proximate mechanisms of resource hoarding: From squirrels to shoppers
11:35-12:05 PM Morning Discussion (Discussant: Peter Todd)
12:05-1:30 PM Lunch
1:30-2:15 PM Kathleen Vohs:
Overcoming unwanted impulses across domains depletes a common resource
2:15-3:00 PM Geoffrey Miller:
Conspicuous consumption as trait-display: How human instincts for displaying intelligence, personality, and moral virtue influence consumers
3:00-3:20 PM Afternoon Break
3:20-4:05 PM Vladas Griskevicius:
Evolution, life history theory, and consumer behavior: Influences of current and childhood environment on financial risk
4:05-4:35 PM Afternoon Discussion (Discussant: Rob Smith)

There is no arranged dinner on Friday - speakers and attendees may sample the flavors of Ann Arbor, visit our AA page for a map of downtown.

Saturday, May 15th

Consumption Fair (open to the public) 9:45 AM - 3:00 PM

We encourage academics and families alike to join us for this exciting opportunity to learn about research, theory, and practical solutions to problems of consumption. Events include a panel discussion on human solutions for sustainable energy, a student poster session, and activity stations from student and campus groups with interactive displays for people of all ages.

All events are on the 4th floor of the Rackham Buildling (915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109).

9:00 AM Building open for students to put up posters or to set up displays (Assembly Hall).
9:45-11:00 AM Light refreshments available (Assembly Hall alcove)
10:00-11:00 AM Student Poster Session (Assembly Hall; titles and abstracts here.)
11:00-12:30 PM Panel Discussion (Amphitheater):
The Human Side of Energy Conservation: It's Not Easy Being Green (http://www.carss.umich.edu/events/)
12:30-2:30 PM Interactive Displays and Activity Stations (East and West Conference Rooms), including:
  • Interactive, educational stations from the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
  • Relay race to understand the new recycling rules in Ann Arbor (as of July 5th)
  • Craft table employing reused craft supplies from The Scrap Box in Ann Arbor
  • Display of alternative wind energy
  • Displays from Planet Blue on sustainable lighting, transportation, and recycling
  • Slideshow of sustainable architecture
  • Display of heat loss using through a home door using infrared cameras from Environment House
  • Trivia game with prizes on sustainable food choices
3:00 PM All posters and displays should be taken down.

See you there!

This conference was funded by Rackham Graduate School, The Department of Psychology, and CARSS at the University of Michigan.

For more information contact Stephanie D. Preston at prestos at umich.edu