Every day, our actions have consequences, large and small—a completed chore, a smile, a promotion. And even consequences have consequences: They motivate us and shape our choices—and our choices shape us and our societies. They also appear to follow a common set of scientific principles, and to share some similar effects in the brain, says biopsychologist Susan Schneider, with the science of consequences becoming an integral part of psychology, biology, medicine, education, and economics. Taking an “interacting systems” approach, Schneider, author of The Science of Consequences, describes this science and its role in the larger realm of nature-and-nurture, and explains how something so deceptively simple can help make sense of so much. Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.