Anuj K. Shah studies the psychology that arises from facing resource scarcity. In one line of work, he studies how being short on money and time affects decision-making. In another line of work, he studies how behavioral science can help shape interventions to reduce crime and violence.
His research has appeared in Science, Psychological Science, and Psychological Bulletin, among other journals. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at ideas42, a social science research and development laboratory which uses scientific insights to design innovative policies and products.
Shah earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University, where he received teaching awards from the psychology department and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
2015 - 2016 Course Schedule
||Strategies and Processes of Negotiation
||Current Topics in Behavioral Science III
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I am interested in how decision-makers deal with limited resources. In one line of research, I focus on the psychology that arises when people experience scarcity of more tangible resources, such as time, money, or calories. In another line of research, I consider how people make judgments and decisions when coping with limited cognitive resources.
Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. Grouping information for judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140, 1-13 (2011).
Zhao, J., Shah, A. K., & Osherson, D. On the provenance of judgments of conditional probability. Cognition, 113, 26-36 (2009).
Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. The path of least resistance: Using easy to access information. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 232-236 (2009).
Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. Heuristics made easy: An effort-reduction framework. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 207-222 (2008).
Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. Easy does it: The role of fluency in cue weighting. Judgment and Decision Making, 2, 371-379 (2007).