University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton School, Marketing Department
753 Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street

Phone: 215-746-8540
Fax: 215-898-1223
Email: mellers@wharton.upenn.edu

Barbara Mellers, PhD

Heyman University Professor at University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Barbara Mellers is interested in how people make judgments and decisions, with a special interest in the role of emotions. Dr. Mellers has examined the effects of anticipated, experienced, and ancillary feelings in risky choices and economic games. A second interest is the process by which people make forecasts about a wide variety of events and how those forecasts can be improved. A third research area is the psychology of fairness.¬† Dr. Mellers studies the relative and contextual nature of equitable and just outcomes and the costs and benefits of different errors. ¬†Finally, she is interested in nudges, choice environments, and behavioral interventions that result in better decisions.