Hidden Failures: Why We Don't Share Negative Information and What we Might Miss


Thursday, October 15, 2020, 4:00pm to 5:15pm




Leadership, Influence and Decision Making

This speaker series provides an opportunity for scholars to share and learn about cutting edge research related to the topic of leadership, broadly defined.

4:00-5:15 P.M.
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"Hidden Failures:
Why We Don't Share Negative Information and What we Might Miss"

We live in a society that celebrates failure as a teachable moment. Yet, failure would undermine learning if people ignore it — if in response to failure, people stop paying attention. I present the evidence that people indeed fail to learn from failure and further do not share information on failure with others, even when knowing how to avoid failure is critical for success. I then explore the conditions under which the information in failure is superior and the interventions we developed to increase learning from negative outcomes.

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Ayelet Fishbach studies social psychology, management and consumer behavior. She is an expert on motivation and decision making. She has presented her research all over the world.

Fishbach’s research has been published in psychology, management and marketing journals, including Psychological Review, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Marketing Research, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Her research is regularly featured in the media, including WSJ, CNN, Chicago Tribune, NPR and was selected to be featured in the New York Times ‘Annual Years in Ideas.’

Fishbach has served as an Associate Editor on several journals, including Psychological Science and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and she has served on the editorial board of leading journals in psychology and management. She has further served as the president of the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON) and the Society for the Study of Motivation.

Fishbach is the recipient of several international awards, including the Society of Experimental Social Psychology's Best Dissertation Award, Career Trajectory Award, and the Fulbright Educational Foundation Award. In 2006, she received the Provost's Teaching Award from the University of Chicago.