Center for Decision Research - Center for Decision Research | Chicago Booth
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.

Learn More

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.”

Learn More
Katie Milkman

Register Now: Think Better with Katy Milkman

The Think Better speaker series returns May 20 with award-winning behavioral scientist Katy Milkman (Wharton), who will share stories and insights from her new book, "How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be." 

Register Now
Leadership alliance logo


This summer, the CDR will welcome seven outstanding rising scholars as part of the Leadership Alliance’s Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). Meet the students who join us to conduct independent research projects under the guidance of CDR faculty mentors.

Learn More
Ashoka Centre for Social and Behaviour Change logo


The CDR recently launched a promising new partnership with Ashoka University’s Delhi-based Centre for Social and Behaviour Change that will enable both institutions to conduct innovative cross-cultural research, field-test behavioral interventions, and more.

Learn More
Prof. Ayelet Fisbach

Webinar: Think Better with Ayelet Fishbach

On Wednesday, February 17, Chicago Booth's Ayelet Fishbach presented her talk "Stay Motivated" exploring the behavioral science behind effective goal-setting and motivation. The recap and recording are now available.

Watch Recording
Woman writing in a notebook with a pen

Apply Now: Thaler-Tversky Independent Research Grant

The CDR is now accepting submissions for the spring round of the Thaler-Tversky Independent Research Grant program for emerging scholars. Applications are due by April 1, 2021. UChicago PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in behavioral science are encouraged to apply. 

Learn More
Todd Rogers

Webinar: "Think Better" with Todd Rogers

On Wednesday, November 19, behavioral scientist Todd Rogers presented his Think Better talk, "Fewer Words, Please" about harnessing the science of attention to communicate effectively in daily life. 

Watch Recording
George Wu

George Wu Receives Chicago Urban League Humanitarian Award

Chicago Booth Professor George Wu was recently named the recipient of the 2020 Chicago Urban League Humanitarian Award for his work as a key architect of the Urban League's IMPACT Leadership Development Program.

Learn More
CDR Lab Director Becky White

CDR Lab Director Becky White Wins Booth Impact Award

CDR Lab Director Dr. Becky White was awarded a 2020 Booth Impact Award for her exceptional leadership of the center's research staff and data collection efforts. Read more about Dr. White and the innovative projects that merited this well-deserved award.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.  

Sign Up to Participate
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.

Watch Video
Harper Center exterior

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. 

Learn More
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. 

Learn more
woman using a laptop

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. 

Learn More
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.

Watch Video
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.

Read More
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.

Read More (With Video)
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.

Read more
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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Never Miss the Latest News

Sign up to receive emails from the Center for Decision Research and stay up to date on behavioral science research, programs, and events.