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Social Judgment & Behavioral Decision Making

Dr. Ronald Vigo's lab

Dr. Ronald Vigo's lab

Making sound and accurate decisions is vital to the well-being of individuals and social groups. People must decide whom to befriend and whom to avoid, they must estimate their suitability for various career options and choose environments that are best suited to their needs and capabilities, and they are frequently in the position of evaluating other's characteristics and capabilities, such as when forming personality impressions, diagnosing physical and psychological disorders, or making personnel decisions.

The members of the social judgment and decision making section, therefore, are interested in how judgments are formed as well as how they are translated into choices and actions. Among the topics we investigate are legal, organizational, and medical decision making, the influence of personal values and preferences on judgments of others, the ways in which characteristics of perceivers (e.g., their mood) and the people perceived (e.g., their race) influence the way ongoing behavior is organized, the process by which people achieve and maintain several goals in dynamic and complex environments, as well as more basic judgment and decision making processes such as numerical estimation, probabilistic judgment, and the formation and expression of preferences and choices.

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Social Judgment & Behavioral Decision Making

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Emeriti Faculty

Departmental Social Media

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