Interdisciplinary Group in Behavioral Decision Making

The interdisciplinary research group in Behavioral Decision Making was formed in 2003. Our purpose is to draw together scholars with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and shared research interests in the behavioral analysis of judgment and decision making.

In so doing, we hope to foster greater communication and more frequent collaboration among participants. Toward that end, we sponsor a research seminar series that meets from 12:15-1:30pm on the second and fourth Fridays of each month during the academic year, promulgate a working paper series, and provide curriculum advice to doctoral students. We welcome participation from all interested faculty and students from UCLA and neighboring institutions.

Co-chairs: Shlomo Benartzi
, Craig Fox.

Behavioral Decision Making article, Assets Magazine, Fall 2009

Join us for the next BDM Colloquium:

December 5, 2014 | 12:15-1:30 pm | Cornell Hall - D307
Sunita Sah | Georgetown University
"Effective Disclosure: Implementing Conflict of Interest Disclosures that Benefit (rather than harm) Consumers"
To receive emailed announcements for our talks, contact | 310-825-2881.


Fall 2014 Schedule

October 3
Derek J. Koehler 
| University of Waterloo 
"Giving Up and Chickening Out"

October 17
Kelly Goldsmith 
| Northwestern University
"Examining the Psychological Consequences of Exposure
to Reminders of Resource Scarcity"

November 7
Maya Shankar 
| White House Office of Science &
Technology Policy

"Building a Bridge Between Academic Research and the Federal Government:
Lessons Learned from a Case Study Launching the White House Social and
Behavioral Sciences Team"

December 5
Sunita Sah 
| Georgetown University
"Effective Disclosure: Implementing Conflict of Interest Disclosures
that Benefit (rather than harm) Consumers"

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Spring 2014 Schedule

April 25
Daniel J. Benjamin | Cornell University
"Assessing the Use of Happiness Survey Responses
as Utility Proxies"

May 2
Katherine L. Milkman | University of Pennsylvania
"Motivating Virtuous Behavior"

Winter 2014 Schedule

January 10
Julia Minson | Harvard University
"The Fickle Wisdom of Dyads: When Discussion Undermines Versus Enhances the Benefits of
Judgment Collaboration"

January 24
Don Moore | UC Berkeley 
"Optimistic About Optimism: The Belief that Optimism Improves Performance"

February 21
Linda Babcock | Carnegie Mellon University
"Breaking the Glass Ceiling with "No": Gender Differences in the
Demand and Supply of Non-Promotable Tasks"

February 28
Norbert Schwarz | University of Southern California
"Metaphor and Experience in Judgment and Decision Making:
Of Fishy Smells and Heavy Weights"

March 7
Todd Rogers | Harvard University
"How Change Sticks: How Treatment Effects Can Persist After
Treatment Has Been Discontinued"

Fall 2013 Schedule

October 11
Jonathan Levav | Stanford University
"Choice Utility"

October 25
Hal E. Hershfield | New York University
"Conceptions of the Future Transform Intertemporal Choice"

November 8
Dean Karlan | Yale University
"To Charge or Not to Charge: Evidence From a Health Products Experiment in Uganda"

[past speakers] 

To locate faculty with expertise in specific topics see the Faculty Expertise Guide.


Interdisciplinary Group in Behavioral Decision Making