Amitai Shenhav

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I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University.  Beginning Summer 2016 I will be an assistant professor at Brown University, in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences.

My research examines how our automatic biases interact with our careful weighing of potential outcomes when we make choices.  These automatic biases can be triggered by a habit, an affective association or temptation, an intergroup stereotype, or the availability of a rule of thumb to solve the problem at hand.  How do these biases influence our decision-making process?  How do we determine the costs of exerting control over those biases?  And how do we weigh those costs against potential long-term rewards to determine whether and how much control is "worth" exerting?  I explore questions like these by using a combination of computational modeling and measurements of behavior, bodily states, and brain activity.


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