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Payments to authors based on the journals in which they publish

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THAT’S ONE WAY TO GET “A” PAPERS FROM YOUR FACULTY Table 5 Comparison of Average Amount of Cash Awards for a Paper Published in Selected Journals When we first saw this image on Facebook, we thought it was a joke. But then we downloaded the paper and found that indeed, there’s a practice of paying […]

You probably underestimate the populations of Eastern states and the areas of Western states

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NEW PAPER, NEW PRODUCT FEATURE USING PERSPECTIVE PHRASES Click to enlarge As mentioned a few times in past posts, we’ve been doing research on how “perspective sentences,” for example “Israel is about the size of New Jersey in area and population” helps Americans comprehend measurements beyond simply saying “Israel has an area of 20,770 square […]

A chess computer learned from scratch and surpassed human knowledge in 4 hours

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HOW MANY GAMES WAS THAT? AlphaZero is a reinforcement learning (RL) progam that can take a game like chess and given only the rules, can play games against itself and learn how to win. According to several articles, it learned from scratch and surpassed human knowledge of chess in four hours. Specifically, it beat the […]

2018 Choice Prediction Competition (CPC18)

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WINNERS GET TO BE CO-AUTHORS ON THE PAPER Ori Plonsky, Reut Apel, Ido Erev, Eyal Ert, and Moshe Tennenholtz announce You are invited to participate in the 2018 choice prediction competition (CPC18) for human decision making. The main goal of this competition is to improve our understanding of the ways by which behavioral decision research […]

29 groups analyzed the same data set, apparently in many different ways

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CROWDSOURCING RESEARCH We have been meaning to post, for quite some time, about this very interesting report from Nature entitled Crowdsourced research: Many hands make tight work. In it, the authors describe how a finding of theirs didn’t hold up when re-analyzed by the Uri Simonsohn. Instead of digging in their heels, they admitted Uri […]

OBHDP Special Issue on Nudges and Choice Architecture in Organizations

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OUR FIELD’S MOST RECENT NOBEL LAUREATE THALER AMONG EDITORS Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP) is Announcing a Special Issue on Nudges and Choice Architecture in Organizations GUEST EDITORS Katherine L. Milkman, University of Pennsylvania (Managing Guest Editor) Gretchen Chapman, Rutgers University David Rand, Yale University Todd Rogers, Harvard University Richard H. Thaler, University […]

The journal Judgment and Decision Making preliminarily ranks 9 out of 104 journals in replicability

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JDM IS TOO LEGIT TO CEASE IN ITS REPLICABILITY The R-Index blog was created by Ulrich Schimmack and aims to increase the replicability of published results in psychological science. Recently, the blog created rankings of 104 psychology journals in terms of replicability and published preliminary results. More detail can be found here. We were pleased […]

WHEN THE REVOLUTION CAME FOR AMY CUDDY

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COMPELLING WRITING The New York Times just came out with an article called “When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy” which is about the science behind an extremely popular TED Talk, and is also about the replication crisis more generally. As Decision Science News readers, we are confident you will find much to agree within […]

Does cooperation in the prisoner’s dilemma unravel after ridiculously many repeated plays?

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GUEST POST BY SID SURI: MONTH LONG PRISONER’S DILEMMA Figure 1: All the games and random rematchings in one out of the twenty sessions we conducted. Each block of green/red shows a game where green represents cooperation and red represents defect. Curves between the games represent how players were randomly rematched. DSN readers, you are […]

Judgment and Decision Making leads in open data

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JDM IS TOO LEGIT TO CEASE IN ITS LEGITIMACY We came across this article that looks at the relationship between sharing data and other variables of interest. We were especially interested in its Figure 1 which shows the percentage articles having open data. The journals listed are: JDM – Judgment and Decision Making PLOS – […]