ISC Meeting 2010

Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption 2010

The first Biennial Meeting: Mechanisms of Allocating Resources Across Disciplines

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



Consumption is a serious issue that produces environmental waste, unfair labor practices, and negatively impacts human health. Subunits of local and federal government separately struggle to encourage monetary saving, reduce waste, increase recycling, and deal with compulsive hoarding. The conference will focus on mechanisms of resource-allocation decisions such as acquiring and discarding important resources (e.g., money, food, material goods). Speakers from marketing, finance, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, and ecology will come together to share their knowledge on how organisms acquire resources to balance short and long-term needs. Through a careful comparison of the mechanisms underlying these seemingly disparate processes, a unified model of resource allocation can be created that benefits basic science and society.

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Evening Lectures in Rackham Auditorium (open to the public, May 12th and 13th)

Frans de Waal (May 12)Emory Universityprimatology
Robert Frank (May 13)Cornell Universityeconomics, decision making, emotion

Plenary Speakers in Rackham Amphitheatre (for registered participants, May 13th and 14th)

Antoine BecharaUniversity of Southern Californiadecision neuroscience, addiction
Bruce J. EllisUniversity of Arizonamechanisms of stress
Randy FrostSmith Collegecompulsive human hoarding
Vladas GriskeviciusUniversity of Minnesotaconsumer/social psychology and evolution
Brian KnutsonStanford Universitydecision neuroscience, consumer science
Stephen LeaUniversity of Exetereconomics and evolution
Geoffrey MillerUniversity of New Mexicoevolution and consumer behavior
Stephanie PrestonUniversity of Michiganemotion and decision making
Terry RobinsonUniversity of Michiganneuroscience of addiction, reward
David SherryUniversity of Western Ontariofood caching, neural plasticity
Kathleen VohsUniversity of Minnesotaconsumer/social psychology
Paul WebleyUniversity of Londoneconomics and development

Consumption Fair on the 4th floor of Rackham (open to the public, May 15th)

9:45-11:00 AMLight refreshments available (Assembly Hall alcove)
10:00-11:00 AMStudent Poster Session (Assembly Hall; titles and abstracts here.)
11:00-12:30 PMPanel Discussion (Amphitheater):
 The Human Side of Energy Conservation: It’s Not Easy Being Green(
12:30-2:30 PMInteractive Displays and Activity Stations (East and West Conference Rooms)

See you there!

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

For more information contact Stephanie D. Preston at prestos at


Ecological Neuroscience Lab
Stephanie D. Preston

University of Michigan
Department of Psychology
3040 East Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tel: (734) 764-5264
Fax: (734) 764-3520
Email: prestos at