Faculty & Research

Jane Risen

Jane L. Risen

Professor of Behavioral Science and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow

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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.


2018 - 2019 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
38122 Diversity in Organizations 2019 (Winter)
38601 Workshop in Behavioral Science 2018 (Fall)

Other Interests

Cooking, travel, Tivo.


Research Activities

Judgment and decision making; intuitive belief formation; magical thinking; managing emotion.

With Critcher, C., "Visceral fit: While in a visceral state, associated states of the world seem more likely,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 777-793 (2011).

With Chen, K., " How choice affects and reflects preferences: Revisiting the free-choice paradigm,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 573-594 (2010).

With Gilovich, T., "Why people are reluctant to tempt fate," Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 293-207 (2008).

With Gilovich, T. and Dunning, D., "One-shot illusory correlations and stereotype formation," Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1492-1502 (2007).

With Gilbert, D. T., Morewedge, C. K., and Wilson, T. D., "Looking forward to looking backward: The misprediction of regret," Psychological Science, 15, 346-350 (2004).

For a listing of research publications, please visit the university library listing page.