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Monthly Archive December, 2009

Bad decade to be a stock

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AS THE DECADE ENDS, U.S. STOCK MARKETS LOWER THAN WHERE THEY STARTED S&P 500 Date Adj Close 12/31/2009 1,115 12/31/1999 1,469 DOW JONES Date Adj Close 12/31/2009 10,428 12/31/1999 11,497 NASDAQ Date Adj Close 12/31/2009 2,269 12/31/1999 4,069 One can see from the above that the S&P 500 index is down 23% over the decade, […]

SCP 2010 Conference, St Pete Beach, Florida, Feb 25-27, 2010

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SOCIETY FOR CONSUMER PSYCHOLOGY ANNUAL WINTER CONFERENCE Decision Science News will attend the SCP 2010 conference. It’s taking place, as it has in the past, in balmy St. Pete Beach, Florida (think Tampa / St. Petersburg) and is sure to offer a bevy of consumer behavior theories and crossover interactions. What: ¬†SCP 2010 Conference Where: […]

How to run experiments on Mechanical Turk

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THE TECHNICAL DETAILS, TUTORIALS, WALK-THROUGHS A few posts back, we showed how classic decision making experiments are being replicated on Amazon’s insta-subject-pool otherwise know as Mechanical Turk (aka MT). After that, Steven Pinker, at the SJDM keynote, presented Mechanical-Turk-collected data on perceptions of whether the past or present is perceived as more violent. This week, […]

Martin Fishbein 1936 – 2009

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PROFILE OF A PIONEER IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Decision Science News has learned that the creator of expectancy-value theory, Martin Fishbein, has died. From Icek Aizen: We report with great sadness that our friend and colleague, Martin Fishbein, died Friday, November 27 of a heart attack while on a visit to London. Marty was a professor […]

A simple heuristic to forecast elections

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PREDICTING ELECTIONS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THE COUNTRY Andreas Graefe and Scott Armstrong have put forth a model that predicts the outcome of U.S. Presidential Elections based on the most important issue as seen by voters. It’s a good illustration of how one cue, if it’s a good one, can be effective for […]