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Happiness in the Human Brain

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Yale Starlight Science Series

Bringing discovery from Yale to China, hosted by Yale Center Beijing.

The Yale Starlight Science Series will bring outstanding science faculty from Yale University to China to present their latest research, and engage with audiences on related topics of interest. Please join us to explore the latest breakthroughs in scientific frontiers, and what relevance they hold for the future!

Event Time

March 27, 2021 | Saturday
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
March 28, 2021 | Sunday
9:00 am - 10:30 am China Standard Time (CST)

ParticipatiOn Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


Participants within China can click “HERE” further below to register. Participants from outside of China can use the following link to register:

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The language of the event will be English.


Recording (audiotaping or videotaping) during the event is not allowed.

The Event

The happiness of individuals is an important metric for societies, but we know little about how daily life events together influence how happy we feel. To address this question, Robb Rutledge, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, has collected data both in their lab and from thousands of people around the world playing games on their smartphone app The Happiness Project. They find that happiness depends not on how well you are doing but whether you are doing better than expected. Using brain scanning, they find areas of the brain that predict future happiness and that relate to the differences between individuals in what determines happiness.

Do you want to help scientists uncover the secrets to happiness? Join us on Sunday, March 28 at 9 AM (Beijing time) as Professor Rutledge talks about what he’s uncovered about the psychology of happiness and introduces a new mobile app where you can test your decision making and learn about the science of happiness. 

The Speaker


Robb Rutledge
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Robb Rutledge is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University. He has a BSc from Caltech, a PhD from New York University, and was on the faculty of University College London before moving to Yale. Professor Rutledge’s research combines computational models with neuroimaging, pharmacology, and smartphone-based data collection to study the relationship between decision making and emotion across the lifespan.

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