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June 16, 2020

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The quarterly Society for Judgment and Decision Making newsletter is available for download from the SJDM site:


This issue includes a section and Presidential letter on diversity and inclusion in SJDM.

Dan Goldstein
SJDM Newsletter Editor

January 9, 2020

Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Decision Neuroscience (ISDN), Philadelphia, June 5-6, 2020

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On June 5-6 2020, Temple University will host the 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Decision Neuroscience (ISDN) in Philadelphia, PA. This symposium is unique in that it brings together a range of constituencies involved in the use of neuroscience techniques to understand consumer decision making – world renowned academics, neuroscience research companies, marketing research executives and industry leaders. It offers an opportunity to learn, present and discuss the latest breakthroughs on using neuroscientific and physiological measures to inform decision making in individuals, groups, societies, organizations, and markets. For more information, please visit our website https://www.fox.temple.edu/conferences/isdn2020/ or contact us at isdn20@temple.edu

Deadline for Oral presentations: February 15, 2020 Late-breaking poster presentations will be accepted for review until May 10, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EDT).

The organizing committee will select papers for presentation at the symposium based on extended abstracts (one page, single spaced). The abstract should state the study’s objectives, briefly describe the methods, summarize the results and state the conclusions. The body of the abstract should be no longer than 2,300 characters, including punctuation (not spaces). *All abstracts should be emailed to isdn20@temple.edu https://www.fox.temple.edu/conferences/isdn2020/call-for-papers/isdn2020 by 11:59 pm EST on February 15, 2020*. Decisions about the abstracts will be communicated to the authors by March 15, 2020. Selected papers would ideally not be published prior to the symposium.

Selections will be based on quality, relevance to decision neuroscience, and contribution to breadth of topics and interdisciplinary approaches and relevance for industry. (Note that all abstracts do not necessarily require neuroscience data but should have the potential to encourage discussions about a possible role for neuroscience.) We consider not just the individual merits of the papers, but how they complement other submissions from scholars in different fields to form a cohesive session. The organizers will invite authors of the abstracts not selected for talks to present their work as posters. Preference will also be given to new speakers.

Limited travel awards will be available to offset expenses for students and junior faculty. More details about the conference, registration, invited speakers, travel awards and accommodations will be updated regularly on our website https://www.fox.temple.edu/conferences/isdn2020/. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email:

Chairs: Johanna Jarcho and Vishnu Murty, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University

This year’s conference will feature a special pre-conference on June 4 examining Social Influences on Learning. Humans are experts at navigating complex social environments. These processes rely on the ability to integrate prior experiences of social exchanges with current information to make adaptive decisions. This pre-conference will focus on the behavioral and neural mechanisms that guide our ability to extract and store information from social interactions and use this information to support concurrent behavior. The pre-conference will provide a unique opportunity to examine social learning through the lens of multiple academic disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, marketing, and decision making. There is no fee to attend the pre-conference as long as you are registered for the main conference. This half-day session will consist of three invited talks, three accepted talks and a poster session. If you would like to present in this pre-conference, please submit your abstracts (in the same format as the main conference) to sociallearning.ISDN2020@gmail.com by 11:59 pm EST on Mar 31, 2020. You may submit the same abstract to both the main conference and pre-conference, but they must be emailed independently for consideration in both.

Organizing Committee: Crystal Reeck – Temple University; Vinod Venkatraman Temple University
Advisory Committee: Carolyn Yoon – University of Michigan; Uma Karmarkar – University of California San Diego; Angelika Dimoka – University of Houston; Drazen Prelec – MIT

December 10, 2019

How visualizing inferential uncertainty can mislead readers about treatment effects in scientific results

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There’s an ancient haiku that goes:

People confuse a
well-estimated mean with
a certain outcome

Ok, that’s not true.

But Jake Hofman, Dan Goldstein, and Jessica Hullman have a new paper (recently accepted at CHI 2020) about this.

They bet you’ll think the results of their paper look are more impressive if you look at the plot on the left pane than if you look at the one on the right.

At least that what the results of their paper say.

Preprint here: http://bit.ly/353kBtj

There’s only a limited number of PDFs available, so grab one today.

Ok, that’s not true either.

Special thanks to @iamwillcai and @_JenAllen for their RAship on this!

December 4, 2019

Foundations of Utility and Risk (FUR) Conference, Sydney, July 1-4, 2020

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The Foundations of Utility and Risk (FUR) Conference will, for the first time, take place in the Asia Pacific area in 2020. We invite all Economists and other Social Scientists interested in the study of Decision-making to submit papers to the conference.

Since 1982, FUR gathers every two years researchers in Economics, Psychology and other Behavioural Sciences interested in the study of Decision-making. FUR 2020 will take place in Sydney, at the University of Technology Sydney from Wednesday, 1st July to the Saturday, 4th July. We have organised a great program for participants to make the best of a visit to Australia experience.

An impressive list of Keynote Speakers:

Paul Glimcher (NYU)

Muriel Niederle (Stanford University)

John Quah (National University of Singapore)

John Quiggin (University of Queensland)

Larry Samuelson (Yale University)

Leeat Yariv (Princeton University)

A pre-conference workshop (29th – 30th June) on the Gold Coast organised by Griffith University on the theme: “Decision process measures in Decision Theory and Game Theory”: https://www.furconference.org/workshop/

And a conference dinner at the Opera House!

The deadline to submit an abstract is the 15th January for a decision by the 15th February. If you need an earlier decision to organise your travel early, you are welcome to submit earlier and indicate your preference for an early decision.

You will find all the information about the conference as well as the submission page here: https://www.furconference.org/

The advertising of the conference can be found on Inomics, please feel free to forward this information to other researchers potentially interested: https://inomics.com/conference/fur-foundations-of-risk-and-utility-conference-2020-1410571


Registration for the Conference will open on the 1st March 2020 and will be available via a link on the FUR Conference website. The registration deadline will be the 1st May 2020 (US$300 (full) & US$150 (student)) with the late registration deadline being the 1st June 2020 (US$400 (full) & US$200 (student).

November 27, 2019

IC2S2: 6th International Conference on Computational Social Science, MIT, July 17-20, 2020

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Call For Papers

IC2S2 brings together researchers in computational science, complexity, and social science, and provides a platform for new work in the field of computational social science.

Contributed abstracts are presented orally in parallel thematic sessions or as posters at the three day conference, which takes place at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts from July 17 to 20.  For details, visit http://2020.ic2s2.org.

Regular abstract submission

IC2S2 solicits abstracts from researchers in the social sciences with a clear component of computation, simulation or data analysis or data science. This includes for example sociology, psychology, communication science, anthropology, media studies, political science, public health, and economics. In addition, contributions from computer science, data science, and computational science with real-world applications in the social sciences or related fields, are welcome. We emphatically welcome abstracts that try to integrate both components. This is not limited to empirical studies; more general theoretical contributions are also welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Network analysis of social systems
  • Large-scale social experiments
  • Agent-based or other simulations of social phenomena
  • Text analysis and natural language processing (NLP) of social phenomena
  • Cultural patterns and dynamics
  • Computational science studies (sociology of science)
  • Social news curation and collaborative filtering
  • Social media studies
  • Theoretical discussions in computational social science
  • Causal inference and computational methods for social science
  • Ethics in computational social sciences
  • Reproducibility in computational social science
  • Large scale infrastructure in computational social science
  • Novel digital data sources
  • Computational analyses for addressing societal challenges
  • Methods and analyses of observational social data
  • Computational social science research in industry

Submission guidelines

Contributions to the conference should be submitted via EasyChair at:


Please follow the extended abstract template guidelines for Word (ic2s2-word-template.docx) and LaTeX (ic2s2-latex-template.zip) for formatting instructions. Note that abstracts should be submitted as a PDF file no larger than 20MB. Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit (including figures and references) will be automatically rejected.

The extended abstract should include a title and a list of 5 keywords, but no authors’ names or affiliations. The abstract should outline the main contribution, data and methods used, results, and the impact of the work. Authors are encouraged to include one figure in their submission (the figure counts towards the page limit).

Please do not include authors’ names and affiliations in the submitted document, as peer review will be double blind. Each extended abstract will be reviewed by multiple members of the Program Committee, composed of experts in computational social science.

When submitting on EasyChair you will be asked to provide information about the authors and their affiliations and to include a one-sentence summary of the extended abstract (20-50 words). The summary will be used for assigning reviewers. You can indicate a preference for an oral presentation or a poster presentation, but your preference may not be honored in the final decision.

Submissions will be non-archival, and the presented work can be already published, in preparation for publication elsewhere, or ongoing research. Submission implies willingness to present a talk or poster at the conference.

Important Dates

Note: all deadlines are AoE.

  • February 16, 2020 – Regular abstract submission deadline
  • April 12, 2020 – Acceptance notification
  • May 1, 2020: Early bird registration deadline
  • June 8, 2020: Registration deadline
  • July 17 — 20, 2020: Conference

Submit here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ic2s2-2020

Already uploaded submissions can be improved and updated as long as the deadline has not yet passed.

Questions or remarks regarding the CfP and submission process? Reach out to the program chairs at ic2s2-2020@easychair.org.

November 20, 2019

57th Edwards Bayesian Research Conference, Feb 27-29, 2020, Fullerton, CA

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In this conference, investigators present original research on a variety of topics related to judgment and decision making, including but not limited to:

  • Decision making under risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity
  • Intertemporal choice
  • Cognitive models of judgment and decision making
  • Mathematical and statistical methodology for analyzing behavioral data
  • Applications of JDM theory and models to health care and public policy
  • Medical, legal, and business decision making
  • Expert forecasting
  • Wisdom of the crowds

Research may be empirical or theoretical, involving questions that may be basic or applied and theories that may be normative or descriptive, and does NOT need to involve to Bayes theorem or Bayesian statistics .

The conference will take place on the campus of California State University Fullerton.

We maintain certain traditions that have made these meetings so enjoyable. As Ward Edwards put it,

…the atmosphere is informal, the discussion can get intense, and many of the best debates take place during coffee breaks or in the hospitality suite at the end of the day. This Conference is a good place to try out your latest, wildest set of ideas on a kindly, knowledgeable, and critical audience.

If you would like to give a talk, please submit an abstract on the registration form at the link below. Submissions are due December 13, 2019.

Conference information

Online registration form

November 11, 2019

2019 SJDM Conference program available online

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The program for the 2019 SJDM conference (taking place this weekend (Nov 15-19, 2019) in Montreal, Canada) can be found in two places

Please get it while it is hot.

November 1, 2019

SJDM Newsletter is ready for download

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The quarterly Society for Judgment and Decision Making newsletter is available for download from the SJDM site:


It features announcements, conferences, jobs, and the 2019 Conference program.

See y’all in Montreal

(nobody ever says that but the 2019 SJDM meeting will take place in Montreal, November 15-18, 2019 and I will see you all there)

September 12, 2019

Professorship in decision making at Wharton, Operations, Information and Decisions (OID), University of Pennsylvania

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The Operations, Information and Decisions Department at the Wharton School is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure track, Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of decision-making. Our decision-making faculty is comprised of scholars with a diverse set of backgrounds and interests, and we encourage applicants with degrees in economics, management, marketing, organizational behavior, psychology, computational social science, or any decision-making related field to apply. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (expected completion by June 2020 is preferred but by June 30, 2021 is acceptable) from an accredited institution and have an outstanding research record or potential in the field of decision-making. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2020.

More information about the Department is available at: https://oid.wharton.upenn.edu/

Interested individuals should complete and submit an online application via our secure website, and must include:

• A curriculum vitae
• A job market paper
• Three letters of recommendation submitted by references

To apply, please visit this web site: https://apply.interfolio.com/67351

Further materials, including (additional) papers and letters of recommendation, will be requested as needed.
To ensure full consideration, materials should be received by October 15th, 2019.

OID Department
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania 3730 Walnut Street
500 Jon M. Huntsman Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

August 23, 2019

Behavioral Decision Research and Management (BDRM), Barcelona, June 16-18, 2020

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ESADE Business School will host the 2020 Behavioral Decision Research and Management (BDRM) conference, in Barcelona, Spain.

Dates: Tuesday June 16th – Thursday June 18th, 2020.

More information coming, September of 2019.

Faculty Organizers
Uri Simonsohn (ESADE)
Isabelle Engeler (IESE)
Jordi Quoidbach (ESADE)
Bart de Langhe (ESADE)
Johannes Müller-Trede (IESE)
Ioannis Evangelidis (ESADE)
Marco Bertini (ESADE)
Elena Reutskaja (IESE)
Gaël Le Mens (Pompeu Fabra)
María Galli (ESADE)
Dani Navarro-Martinez (Pompeu Fabra)
Sebastian Hafenbrädl (IESE)
Robin Hogarth (Pompeu Fabra)