Events - Center for Decision Research | Chicago Booth


The Center for Decision Research hosts regular events to promote the field of behavioral science and yield scientific discoveries with the potential to improve individual and social welfare.

Think Better

The Think Better speaker series welcomes leading scholars and practitioners to discuss how insights from behavioral science affect society, shape policy, impact business, and improve individual lives. The topics are relevant to anyone interested in understanding why people think, judge, choose, and act as they do. 

2020-21 Series

2019-20 Series

2018-19 Series

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2021 CDR Open House

Wednesday, January 27 12:00 PM

Curious about the rapidly-growing field of behavioral science? Join the CDR for an online open house! Find out how you can get involved with the center's groundbreaking research, innovative labs, and world-renowned faculty. This event is limited to members of the UChicago community. 

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  • Opening remarks by CDR Faculty Director Nicholas Epley
  • An interactive research demo with Shereen Chaudhry
  • Opportunities to chat with CDR faculty, students, and staff
  • Lightning talks from PhD students and principal researchers:
  • Kristina Wald - "How to Brag More Effectively"
  • Xilin Li - “Free-riding and Cost-bearing in Discrimination"
  • Lauren Eskreis-Winkler - "The Bigger the Problem the Littler"

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Think Better with Ayelet Fishbach

Wednesday, February 17 6:00 PM

"Stay Motivated"

What does behavioral science teach us about goals and motivation? In this installment of the Think Better speaker series, Chicago Booth's Ayelet Fishbach and Northwestern's Rima Toure-Tillery will discuss best practices for setting goals, monitoring progress, juggling multiple goals, and soliciting social support.

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About the Speakers

Ayelet FishbachAyelet Fishbach is the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She studies social psychology, management and consumer behavior, and is an expert on motivation and decision making. Fishbach’s research has been published in top academic journals, as well as in popular media, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR and the New York Times.

Rima Toure-TilleryRima Touré-Tillery (moderator) joined the marketing faculty at the Kellogg School of Management in 2013 as the Donald P. Jacobs Scholar and Assistant Professor of Marketing. Professor Touré-Tillery’s research is at the intersection of motivation and self-perception, with implications for marketers, managers, educators, and public policy makers. Her research investigates charitable giving, ethical consumption, healthy eating, saving, voting, and cheating.

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Think Better with Katy Milkman

Thursday, May 20 6:00 PM

Registration for this event will open in early April. More info coming soon! 

About the Speaker

Wharton Professor Katy MilkmanKaty Milkman is the James G. Dinan Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores ways that insights from economics and psychology can be harnessed to change consequential behaviors for good, such as savings, exercise, vaccination take-up and discrimination. She is the host of the popular podcast "Choiceology with Katy Milkman".

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