Summer School on Decision Making 2016


Behavioural Science Group Summer School 2016, Decisions from Experience, 16 – 19 August, 2016

Experimental research has shown that people behave very differently when they are not told about payoffs and probabilities but have to learn about them from experience. For example, risk taking behaviour opposite to what prospect theory predicts occurs in experiments on decisions from experience. The emerging field on ‘Decisions from Experience’ tries to understand how learning changes behaviour and choice processes. This Summer School is targeted at doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, behavioural science, and economics who are interested in getting an overview of the emerging field of decisions from experience and learning about the most recent advances. The School will take place at The University of Warwick, United Kingdom. It will feature series of lectures by distinguished psychologists and cognitive scientists who have made significant contributions to the field.

Keynote Speakers and Topics

Jerker Denrell (University of Warwick): Rational Models of Decisions from Experience

Ido Erev (Technion and University of Warwick): Clicking Decisions and the Applications of Basic Study of Decisions from Experience

Cleotilde Gonzales (Carnegie Mellon University): Adaptation to Change

Ralph Hertwig (Max Planck Institute for Human Development): Sampling – a Quintessential Process.

Thomas Hills (University of Warwick): The Effect of Choice Rich Environments on Risk and Search in Decisions from Experience

Gael Le Mens (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Understanding How Our Experiences and the Experiences of Others Jointly Affect the Formation of Evaluative Judgments”

Elliot Ludvig (University of Warwick): Reinforcement Learning in Humans and Other Animals

The school will foster an interdisciplinary conversation among participants and speakers. There will be ample opportunities for discussions with the lecturers and other participants. We are also planning a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and a visit to Shakespeare’s house. Although the school is targeted at junior researchers, all are welcome to attend.

Information for Participants

Participants will pay a token participation fee of £175, to cover lunches, refreshments and three dinners. Accommodation is also available for four nights including breakfast in Student Halls of Residence on Warwick Campus for an extra £200.

Participants are responsible for booking own travel and accommodation.


Local information and detailed schedule will be provided to participants in due course.

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For more details please contact: Angela Gibson, Group Secretary, Behavioural Science Group, Warwick Business School, email:


Angela Gibson
Group Coordinator
Elliot Ludvig
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ido Erev
Professor of Behavioural Science
Jerker Denrell
Professor of Behavioural Science
Thomas Hills
Professor of Psychology