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