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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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Todd Rogers

Register Now: "Think Better" with Todd Rogers

On Wednesday, November 18, join Harvard's Todd Rogers for his virtual Think Better presentation, "Write Less to Say More." Rogers will explore the psychology of time and attention to show how we can communicate more effectively in daily life.

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Alex Imas (L) and Alex Todorov (R)

CDR Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

The CDR is pleased to announce Professors Alex Imas and Alexander Todorov will be joining the center in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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A research participant and research assistant chat in the CDR's Virtual Lab


The CDR’s PIMCO Decision Research Lab continues to conduct world-class empirical research. Read how the labs have transformed themselves during the COVID-19 shutdown into a virtual lab in order to help advance the scientific understanding of human behavior.  

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Dolly Chugh in a purple sweater

Webinar: "Think Better" with Dolly Chugh

Award-winning social psychologist Dolly Chugh (NYU) and Chicago Booth's Jane Risen explore unconscious biases and how to stand up for equality, diversity, and inclusion in our turbulent world.

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Research Highlights: Racism, Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Intergroup Relations

A collection of CDR faculty research on issues including stereotyping, racial bias in algorithmic decision making, how implicit biases influence use of force, humanizing those with disagree with, bridging ethnic divides, and more. 

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Dean Madhav Rajan

A message from Dean Rajan on the death of George Floyd and other racially motivated events

Chicago Booth Dean Madhav Rajan issued a statement affirming the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and rejection of racism. 

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Just Launched: PIMCO Decision Research Virtual Lab

Due to COVID-19, the CDR's in-person labs are temporarily closed, so we moved our behavioral science research online. Find out how the labs are adapting and how you can take paid research studies from the comfort and safety of home. 

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Nicholas Epley

Webinar: The Surprising Power of Social Connection

How can we stay emotionally connected while social distancing? In this webinar, Prof. Nicholas Epley explores the science behind meaningful social interactions.

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Harper Center

COVID-19 and CDR Operations

Along with the entire UChicago community, the CDR continues to closely follow the evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with University guidance and to prioritize safety, the CDR has suspended lab operations and postponed events originally scheduled for spring 2020.

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Adam Alter

Think Better with Adam Alter

On Wednesday, February 19, the CDR welcomed Adam Alter, associate professor of marketing at NYU's Stern School of Business, for his talk on the behavioral science behind our obsession with screens. Read the event recap and watch the full video.

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Nicholas Epley

Nicholas Epley Partners With BBC to Replicate Groundbreaking Study

CDR faculty director Nicholas Epley found that in both the U.S. and the U.K., when commuters talk with strangers on public transportation, both people report feeling happier.

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Research Highlights

Research Highlights, 2013–2018

Highlights from the work of CDR Researchers. The articles here were originally published in the Chicago Booth Review, which publishes research-driven insights on business, policy, and markets.

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Chicago Booth Center for Decision Research The PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories

A Partnership to Guide Wiser Decision-Making

In the fall of 2018, PIMCO and the CDR announced a partnership in support of CDR’s behavioral science research. In recognition of this investment in research, Chicago Booth’s CDR laboratories were renamed the PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories.

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