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Center for Decision Research

Center for Decision Research

Positioned at the forefront of behavioral science, the Center for Decision Research is devoted to the study of how individuals form judgments and make decisions. Researchers at the center examine the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices. Understanding how and why people make decisions has important applications in a range of contexts, including management, marketing, finance, and public policy.

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Nudge for Good: Richard Thaler in Conversation with Greta Johnsen

Nudge for Good: Richard Thaler in conversation with Greta Johnsen

On Tuesday, June 7, Mindworks and WBEZ offer a special opportunity to hear from Nobel Prize recipient Richard Thaler. For this hybrid event, Thaler will be joined by Nerdette host Greta Johnsen to discuss his groundbreaking work on nudges and choice architecture. 

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Mindmeld: a Mindworks Takeover - Saturday, June 4, 10am-4pm - Free

Mindmeld: A Mindworks Takeover with WBEZ

On Saturday June 4, Chicago's own WBEZ will be on site at Mindworks for a can't-miss day of scientific studies and activities. Support behavioral science and earn prizes from WBEZ and Mindworks.

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THREE EMERGING SCHOLARS JOIN THE CDR FOR THE LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE SUMMER PROGRAM

This summer, the Center for Decision Research will welcome three outstanding rising scholars as part of the Leadership Alliance’s Summer Research Early Identification Program. Get to know this year's participants, their mentors, and what excites them about the program.

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Michele Gelfand

Video: Think Better with Michele Gelfand

The Think Better Speaker Series returned Monday, April 18 with Stanford's Michele Gelfand, who presented "Tight and Loose Cultures: Unlocking the Hidden Code of Social Norms." The event recording is now available. 

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Prof. Ayelet Fisbach

New Tiny Course Explores the Science of Motivation

What’s the best way to set goals, manage multiple goals, and exercise self-control? Professor Ayelet Fishbach shares her insights in this new Tiny Course. With a series of short videos and quick quizzes, you can start to master the science of motivation in less than an hour.

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Sendhil Mullainathan

CDR Scholars Headline SJDM Conference

The 42nd Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference—held February 10-12, 2022—will feature more than 30 posters and presentations from CDR scholars, plus a keynote from Professor Sendhil Mullainathan.

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Prof. Alexander Todorov

Recap: Think Better with Alexander Todorov

The Think Better Speaker Series returned Wednesday, March 9 with Prof. Alexander Todorov's talk "What Do We 'See' in a Face?" a deep dive into the science (and pseudoscience) of first impressions. 

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APPLY FOR THE LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM

The CDR is seeking undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in social psychology, cognitive psychology, and behavioral economics. Learn all about the program and how to apply. 

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MOTIVATION EXPERT AYELET FISHBACH SHOWS HOW TO "GET IT DONE"

Prof. Ayelet Fishbach's new book hits shelves January 4, 2022. "Get It Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation" explains how to identify the right goals, attack the “middle problem,” battle temptations, utilize the help of others around you, and so much more.

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Richard Thaler

Recap: "Think Better" with Richard Thaler

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler joined CDR Faculty Director Nick Epley for a hybrid installment of the Think Better speaker series exploring Thaler's new book, Nudge: The Final Edition.

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Behavioral Science in the News

CDR faculty, students, and researchers are routinely featured in popular press including the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and other outlets. This new publication highlights selected CDR media coverage from January 2020 to August 2021, including press mentions, editorials, podcast appearances, and more.

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Mindworks: The Science of Thinking is Now Open!

The CDR is pleased to announce the opening of Mindworks, the world’s first lab and interactive museum dedicated to behavioral science, located at 224 S Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago’s cultural corridor. Plan your visit today! 

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Research Highlights 2021

In this new collection of behavioral science thought leadership, CDR faculty explore topics like negotiation, consumer behavior, moral judgment, motivation, decision-making, and more.

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Richard Thaler

2021 THALER-TVERSKY INDEPENDENT RESEARCH GRANT WINNERS

The CDR is pleased to announce Daniel Albohn and David Munguia Gomez are the recipients of the 2021 Thaler-Tversky Independent Research Grant for emerging scholars. Learn about the winners and their proposed projects.

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Marianne Bertrand

Marianne Bertrand Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Professor Marianne Bertrand is among the five University of Chicago scholars recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences in “recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”

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Katie Milkman

Webinar: Think Better with Katy Milkman

On May 20, 2021, behavioral scientist Katy Milkman joined George Wu to discuss Prof. Milkman's new book How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. The recording is now available.

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