Dual Process Approaches to Human Judgment & Behavior

Friday, March 5, 2010
146 Myron Taylor Hall (ISS Conference Room)

This workshop is part of the JDSB’s initial planning process and is not a public event. Faculty may participate by invitation and graduate students by application. The JDSB team will host public workshops during the 2010-2011 year. If you would like to receive advance notice of these events by becoming an affiliate of the team, please send an email specifying the theme project’s list serve you would like to join to socialsciences@cornell.edu.

From the writings of the earliest philosophers to the present, there has been a long tradition among philosophers and psychologists that human behavior is perhaps best understood as the product of two interacting and often competing processes. Various labels have been used — “passion versus reason”, “the id and the ego”, “emotion and cognition”,“gist and verbatim” — but the rough outlines of the two processes seem somewhat consistent. These ancient intuitions about the human mind have been reinforced by modern-day neuroscience. And in the last decade, even a few economists have begun to explore dual-process models as an alternative to the standard economic assumption that a person has a single set of well-defined goals.

At Cornell, we have a number of researchers, both psychologists and economists, who have worked with dual-process approaches to human behavior. However, they come from different backgrounds, and they have studied dual-process models in very different ways. In this workshop, we will bring this group together for a day of talks and general discussions. Several scholars will describe the approaches that they take, along with their motivation for using their approach. Then the full group will discuss ways in which we might merge these approaches into something truly novel.

Graduate Student Participation

We are delighted to permit 5-10 graduate students from psychology, economics, and related fields to participate in this workshop. The workshop will be an opportunity to interact closely and intensely with an exciting group of economists and psychologists, and perhaps might lead to collaborative research. As such, we would expect that those chosen will attend the entire workshop (unless they receive prior approval), and will feel welcome to participate regularly throughout the day.

Note: Faculty particiipation is by invitation only.


Our schedule is to run the workshop from 12:30pm to 5:30pm, with a lunch at noon.

The talks will be 45 minutes each, and then there will be a lot of time for general discussion.


Ted O’Donoghue, Economics
Valerie Reyna, Human Development
Dan Benjamin, Economics
Joe Mikels, Human Development


David Dunning (Psychology) Jeffrey Rachlinski (Law)
Vivian Zayas (Psychology) Valerie Hans (Law)
Melissa Ferguson (Psychology) Emily Owens (Policy Analysis and Management)
Ori Heffetz (Johnson Graduate School of Management) Peter Enns (Government)
Benjamin Ho (Vassar College)


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