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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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Neela Saldhana

Register Now: Think Better with Neela Saldanha

On Wednesday, February 1, Yale's Neela Saldanha will present her talk, "Making Real Change: Applying behavioral science to applied behavioral science." This hybrid event will be held at the Gleacher Center and Zoom.

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Nicholas Epley

Now Hiring: Epley Lab Manager

CDR Faculty Director Nicholas Epley is hiring a lab manager to oversee research operations for the Self and Social Judgment Laboratory. Learn more about the position and apply below. 

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Erika Kirgios, Kristin Donnelly, Stephanie Smith


The CDR is pleased to welcome Drs. Erika Kirgios, Kristin Donnelly, and Stephanie Smith to Booth's faculty, as well as several new postdoctoral principal researchers and PhD students. Get to know the new members of the CDR community.

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Laurie Santos

Video: Think Better with Laurie Santos

On October 26, Dr. Laurie Santos (Yale) presented her Think Better talk, "What Behavioral Science Can Teach Us About Happiness." A recording of the event is now available to watch online.  

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Fox 32 interviewing Jasmine Kwong on camera at Mindworks

Mindworks Featured on WGN Morning News & Good Day Chicago

Mindworks recently appeared on WGN Morning News' Around Town and Fox32's Good Day Chicago. The hosts broadcast live from Mindworks, exploring the interactive exhibits and opportunities to participate in new behavioral science experiments. 

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Recap: Mindworks First Anniversary Celebration

Mindworks celebrated its first birthday July 22-24 with a full weekend of festivities including prize giveaways, live music, guided tours, and much more! Read the recap and see photos from the event. 

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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 hosted a special conversation with Richard Thaler & Nerdette host Greta Johnsen. The recording of the event is now available. 

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

Mindmeld: A Mindworks Takeover with WBEZ

On Saturday June 4, WBEZ was on site at Mindworks for a fun and fascinating day of scientific studies and prize giveaways.

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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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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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Cover of Get it Done by Ayelet Fishbach


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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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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