Information Processing in Decision Making


Virtual symposium from the SJDM and EADM, 21 Apr 2023


Author: Sudeep Bhatia

SJDM and EADM are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint virtual symposium series, whose goal is to strengthen ties between the two communities. This symposium will take place two to three times a year and will feature researchers from around the world, who will give talks on a single topic that is of interest to both communities. We also hope to have meeting spaces for networking and discussion.

Our first event will be on the topic “Information Processing in Decision Making“.

It will take place on April 21 at 10am to noon EDT, which is 7-9am PDT (e.g. Los Angeles), 9-11am CDT (e.g. Chicago), 3-5pm BST (e.g. London), 4-6pm CEST (e.g. Berlin), and 5-7pm IDT (e.g. Tel Aviv).

The Zoom link is:

The schedule is as follows (all times in EDT):

10:00 to 10:20am — Susann Fiedler (Gaze into the dilemma: Decoding decision making processes in social dilemmas through eye-tracking)

10:20 to 10:40am — Nikki Sullivan (Measuring and Modeling the Temporal Dynamics of Choice)

10:40 to 11:00am — Breakout rooms with networking and discussion

11am to noon — Eric Johnson (It’s about time: What do we know (and not know) about cognitive processes in intertemporal choice)

The abstract for Eric Johnson’s keynote is:

There has been an acceleration of interest in data and models that describe how people choose between Larger-Later and Smaller Sooner options.  In this talk, I’ll try to synthesize what we know, and don’t know, concentrating on process tracing analysis of choices (eye-tracking, mouse-tracking).  Several stylized facts seem pretty solid, yet they are potentially challenges to some dominant models of attention and choice.    At the same time, this raises open questions about how best to modify models of choice.   In particular, we face challenges including (1) marked heterogeneity in the processes used to make these choices, and (2) significant changes in strategy when people make multiple decisions in one experiment.  I hope to suggest some steps forward with dealing with each challenge.

Hope you can join.

SJDM/EADM organizing committee (Dan Bartels, Elena Reutskaja, Gaelle Vallee-Tourangeau, Sudeep Bhatia)