The Judgment and Decision-Making (JDM) Lab at the University of Michigan is located between the School for Environment & Sustainability and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
The Lab is staffed primarily by graduate students who are conducting hypothesis-driven research toward a Master’s or a Doctoral degree, and by post-doctoral associates who are adding to their established research portfolios.
The overarching mission of the lab is twofold. On the one hand, we conduct research that adds to our collective understanding of how individuals and groups instinctively make judgments and decisions. On the other, we are interested in developing and testing tools and approaches that can help to measurably improve people’s judgment and decision-making capabilities.
In service of this mission, we have worked in partnership with business, NGOs, government agencies, and individual policy-makers. In addition, we have conducted research on consumers, and with citizens, depending upon the nature of the challenge we are working on.
Contextually, the bulk of our research focuses on sustainability challenges and opportunities. Practically speaking, this means our research is often interdisciplinary, and it covers a wide range of topics ranging from judgments and decisions about human and environmental health, to perceptions and management decisions at the intersection of society, the environment, and the economy. On occasion, we also conduct research on topics where the link to environment and sustainability is not as apparent, or where is absent altogether.