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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.


Nicholas Epley 

John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science
Faculty Director, Center for Decision Research
Member, CDR Governing Board


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

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Richard Thaler 

Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor
of Behavioral Science and Economics
Member, CDR Governing Board


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

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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 

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.

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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.

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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/Teaching Interests: Negotiation skills, organizational behavior, management education, leadership 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 

Theodore Otte Yntema 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 

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


Research Interests:  Economic conditions, parenting, and child development.

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Emir Kamenica 

Richard O. Ryan 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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Alex Koch 

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Valence asymmetries in cognition and evaluation, similarity assessment, stereotype content, trust and cooperation, balancing exploitation and exploration, and processing fluency in judgments of truth.

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Emma Levine 

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, Charles E. Merrill Faculty Scholar


Research Interests: Interpersonal trust and ethical decision-making. 

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Jens Ludwig 

McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy and School of Social Service Administration


Research Interests: Social policy, particularly in the areas of urban poverty, crime, and education.

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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.

Sendhil Mullainathan 

University Professor and Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Machine learning, poverty, and finance behavioral economics.

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A. David Nussbaum 

Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science


Research Interests: Self-image maintenance, rationalization, stereotype threat.

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Devin Pope 

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 

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 

Associate Professor of Behavioral Science


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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George Wu 

John P. and Lillian A. Gould 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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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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