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Faculty Members

The Center for Decision Research was founded in 1977 by Hillel Einhorn as a pioneering center for the study of human decision making and judgment. The following University of Chicago faculty members carry on this esteemed tradition as part of the Center for Decision Research.


Richard Thaler 

Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor
of Behavioral Science and Economics
Faculty Director, Center for Decision Research


Research Interests: Behavioral economics and finance; the psychology of decision making

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Heather M. Caruso 

Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science
Executive Director, Center for Decision Research


Research/Teaching Interests: Power and influence, teamwork and collaboration, leadership, general management, and executive education

Nicholas Epley 

John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science
Member, CDR Governing Board


Research Interests: The experimental study of social cognition, perspective-taking, and intuitive human judgment

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Bernd Wittenbrink 

Robert S. Hamada Professor of Behavioral Science
Member, CDR Governing Board


Research Interests: Psychology of person perception and social judgment.

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Daniel Bartels 

Assistant Professor of Marketing


Research Interests: Consumer financial decision making, moral psychology, and intertemporal choice

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Marianne Bertrand 

Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics


Research Interests: Labor economics, corporate finance, and development economics 

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Christopher Bryan 

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Psychological influence, behavioral decision-making, and political psychology with a particular interest in psychology as it relates to social and public policy.

Eugene Caruso 

Associate Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Social judgment, group decision making and negotiation, egocentrism, perspective taking, and ethics

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Ayelet Fishbach 

Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing


Research Interests: Social psychology, with specific emphasis on motivation, emotion, and decision making

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 Linda Ginzel

Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology


Research Interests: Social cognition and interpersonal perception; the social psychology of organizations; negotiation skills, organizational behavior; ethical leadership; management education and executive development.

Reid Hastie 

Robert S. Hamada Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Judgment and decision making (managerial, legal, medical, engineering, and personal), memory and cognition, and social psychology

Christopher Hsee 

Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing


Research Interests: The interplay among psychology and economics, happiness, marketing, and cross-cultural psychology

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Ariel Kalil 

Director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP)


Research/Teaching interests:  Economic conditions, Parenting, and Child Development

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Emir Kamenica 

Professor of Economics


Research Interests: Topics in applied microeconomics, including the design of informational environments, and dating and marriage markets

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 Joshua Klayman

Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Learning, judgment, and reasoning in individuals and organizations, with applications to organizational change, managerial decision making, planning, and problem solving.

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Emma Levine 

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Interpersonal trust and ethical decision-making. 

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 Susan Mayer

Professor, Chicago Harris


Research Interests: The measurement of poverty, the effect of growing up in poor neighborhoods, and the effect of parental income on children's well-being

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 Ann McGill

Sears Roebuck Professor of General Management, Marketing and Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Consumer and manager decision making, with special emphasis on causal explanations, differences in judgments in public and in private, and the use of imagery in product choice

A. David Nussbaum 

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science


Research/Teaching Interests: Self-image maintenance, rationalization, stereotype threat

Devin Pope 

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow


Research Interests: Behavioral economics, with special interest in empirically testing the impact of psychological biases in economic markets

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Jane Risen 

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Judgment and decision making, belief formation, magical thinking, stereotyping and prejudice, and managing emotion

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Anuj Shah 

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow


Research Interests: How decision makers deal with limited resources

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Alex Shaw 

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Research interests: Fairness, intellectual property, and reputation and their development throughout childhood

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Abigail Sussman 

Assistant Professor of Marketing and Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow


Research Interests: Consumer decision making

Thomas Talhelm 

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: How culture affects the way we behave.

Oleg Urminsky 

Associate Professor of Marketing and True North Communications, Inc. Faculty Scholar


Research Interests: Decision making; goals and motivation; intertemporal choice.

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George Wu 

Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: The psychology of individual, managerial, and organizational decision making; decision analysis; and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation

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Berkeley Dietvorst 

Assistant Professor of Marketing


Research/Teaching Interests: Understanding how consumers and managers make judgments and decisions, and how to improve them.

Elena Zinchenko 

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science


Research/Teaching Interests: Negotiation, application of neuroscience research to business, marketing and education



Welcome to the Center for Decision Research

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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