Jane Risen

Professor of Behavioral Science
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Jane Risen

Jane L. Risen conducts research in the areas of judgment and decision-making, intuitive belief formation, magical thinking, stereotyping and prejudice, and managing emotion.

Her research has appeared in several notable publications, including: "Looking Forward to Looking Backward: The Misprediction of Regret" with D. T. Gilbert, C. K. Morewedge, and T. D. Wilson in Psychological Science; "Why People Are Reluctant to Tempt Fate," with T. Gilovich in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; "How Choice Affects and Reflects Preferences: Revisiting the Free-Choice Paradigm," with K. Chen in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; "Visceral Fit: While in a Visceral State, Associated States of the World Seem More Likely," with C. Critcher in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; and “Believing What We Don’t Believe: Acquiescence to Superstitious Beliefs and Other Powerful Intuitions” in Psychological Review.

Risen's research has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, The APA Monitor, and Psychology Today. She is a member of the American Psychological Society, Midwestern Psychological Association, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Risen received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in psychology from Harvard University in 2001 and a PhD in social and personality psychology from Cornell University in 2007.