The Society for Judgment and Decision Making

The Society for Judgment and Decision Making is an interdisciplinary academic organization dedicated to the study of normative, descriptive, and prescriptive theories of judgments and decisions. Its members include psychologists, economists, organizational researchers, decision analysts, and other decision researchers. The Society's primary event is its Annual Meeting, at which Society members present their research. It also publishes the journal Judgment and Decision Making. Information about SJDM membership is here.

2020 SJDM Annual Meeting - Program Available!
The 2020 SJDM Conference will be virtual and will run December 9th-12th. You can download the High Level Program, or the Detailed Program.

To register, please go to:

All talks at SJDM 2020 will be completely live and synchronous! In order to cover the significant costs for managing and hosting the conference - including infrastructure licensing fees, web-hosting the recorded talks, and around-the-clock technical support - your registration fees are much needed and appreciated. At the same time, we are doing the most to keep the conference registration fees as low as possible.

As a result, this year's registration fee is 67% lower than last year. Our mission is for money to not be an obstacle for attending SJDM 2020 for anyone. To make sure that all members of our community are able to attend this year’s conference, we are creating two scholarship funds. By the Board’s vote, the Diversity Scholarship Fund will waive the registration fee for any PhD student who identifies as an underrepresented group and wishes to do so. In addition, the Covid-19 Scholarship Fund will waive the registration fee for all members of our community who require financial assistance due to budget cuts in the current economic climate.

With that in mind, we encourage all faculty and researchers who are able to do so to contribute to the two scholarship funds by selecting one of the advanced registration fees: Paypal does not work in some countries. If you are in one of these, you will need the paper registration form, which can be found on the conference registration page.

The conference organizing committee has set out three priorities for this year’s conference:

Dynamic Intellectual Exchange – The talks will be highly selective and we will aim to provide excellent opportunities for discussion, feedback, and idea exchange, including cool virtual poster sessions. Guidelines for the poster presentations are here.

Diversity – We are working to ensure that SJDM is a welcoming community to people of all nationalities, creeds, genders, races, abilities, and sexual orientations. We especially encourage the submission of research on judgment and decision making processes as they relate to diversity and discrimination, in any of their many forms. For the first time, the review process for the conference will be double-blind.

Transparency – To increase the transparency of the submission process and to help authors clearly and persuasively communicate the merit of their work, we are providing more information this year about how submissions will be evaluated (see submission guidelines linked above).

Connectedness – This conference will be an opportunity to reconnect with SJDM friends and colleagues and to meet new people and learn about their work. We know that socializing online can be awkward and we are working on creative solutions to make it awesome instead!

Our success will depend on contributions from across the SJDM community. We are looking forward to working with you all and to a great conference!

Guidelines for the 2020 virtual poster sessions can be found here.

Featured events will include keynote speaker Elke Weber, a presidential address by Katy Milkman, the Einhorn New Investigator Award presentation, an event honoring a JDM great, John Payne, and the Gender and Diversity networking event.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask by emailing

A huge thank-you to our Virtual Program Committee:
Julia Minson (Chair), Shai Davidai, Dan Feiler, and Tim Pleskac

Underrepresented Scholars Event
All are welcome to attend the first Underrepresented Scholars in SJDM (US in SJDM) networking event. Our goal is to foster meaningful relationships between faculty and students, especially those who are underrepresented in our field. Attendees will interact with senior and junior scholars, discussing career-relevant topics and rotating groups so that everyone can meet several new colleagues. The event will take place via Zoom on December 9, 2020, at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT and is organized by Eesha Sharma, Jennifer Dannals, and Wendy De La Rosa.
Register here

Change in Process for Selecting Student Rep to SJDM Executive Board (Application Portal Open)
Dear SJDM Members,

The SJDM Executive Board is grateful to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for pushing us to rethink the way in which we appoint a student representative to the board each year.

To ensure that student representatives to the board are truly eager to serve, we are changing our selection process. Starting this year, any student member of SJDM may apply for the student board seat so long as they meet the following criteria:

(1) They will be a student through the end of the following calendar year (December 31, 2021 in this case)
(2) They are an active student member of SJDM
(3) They have submitted a paper or poster to the current year’s SJDM Conference (SJDM 2020)
(4) They have written a paragraph about why they would like to be the student representative to the SJDM Executive Board

Please note that among candidates who meet the above criteria (and whose paragraph on why they would like to join the board is not deemed disqualifying because it contains gibberish or wildly inappropriate content), the student representative will be selected by lottery.

If you would like to apply for this position, please submit your application online via this form:

All applications received before December 9, 2020 (the start of the SJDM 2020 meeting) will be considered, and a new student SJDM Executive Board representative will be announced shortly after this deadline.

Katy Milkman (Your SJDM President)

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Black Lives Matter: A Letter from the President to SJDM Members

New Society for Judgment and Decision Making Policies to Promote Inclusion

Office selfies
We are trying to be a little creative with the SJDM website. There is normally a big, beautiful picture of the city where the conference will be hosted that gets posted with the submission portal. This year we wanted to try to capture the gestalt location that will emerge from the virtual conference. So we are putting together a collage of office selfies. Would you help us out and share an office selfie?

If so please upload your selfie that captures your location best at the link below. We encourage you to try and capture yourself in your natural working state. Assistants like kids, pets, plants, and random person in the background are highly encouraged.

Upload your image here:

Annual Meeting Presentations Archive

If you presented last year, or will present this year, please consider uploading your presentation slides or poster to the SJDM meeting archive:

Here are are the talks and posters from past and upcoming meetings (including submissions for the student-poster award).

Upload your poster or slides here (from any year, including this one).

Past and future meetings
The 2019 meeting took place in Montreal, November 15-18. Here is the final program.

Tentative schedule for future meetings:
2020 - Virtual, December 9-12
2021 - San Diego, CA, November 19-22
2022 - Washington, DC, November 18-21
2023 - San Francisco, CA, November 17-20
2024 - New York, NY, November 22-25

SJDM meetings are in tandem with those of the Psychonomic Society, which provides assistance to us in various ways.

Mailing lists:
Members of SJDM are added to the sjdm-members mailing list, which is for communications about society business such as meetings and elections. It also provides a password for the members section of this site and a monthly reminder of it. This is a very low-volumue mailing list. You cannot unsubscribe from it. If you want to quit, see the Members link above, which also has other options of possible interest. If you are a member and you are not getting mail about Society elections and other business, please check the list archives, and then (if you missed something recent) check your spam. If that doesn't help, write

The jdm-society mailing list is much higher volume and is open to all for reading and posting, but moderated.


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2019-2020 Executive Board

Katy Milkman (, President
Danny Oppenheimer (, President Elect
Nina Mazar ( Past President
Suzanne Shu (, Elected Member 2017-2020
Abigail Sussman (, Elected Member 2018-2021
Dan Bartels (, Elected Member 2019-2022
Bud Fennema (, Secretary-Treasurer
David Hardisty (, Webmaster
Jon Baron (, Journal Editor
Dan Goldstein (, Newsletter Editor
Abigail Sussman (, 2020 Program Committee Chair
Stephanie Permut (, 2020 Student Representative

SJDM is a member of the Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS).

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