Danny Oppenheimer’s research focuses on human decision making, with a particular emphasis on understanding what information people attend to when making decisions.  He has also done research in psychometric assessment, charitable giving, people’s understanding of randomness/stochastic systems, causal reasoning, metacognition and the psychological underpinnings of democracy.  He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, and serves on the editorial boards for seven journals.  In addition, he edited and contributed to the book “The Science of Giving: Experimental Approaches to the Study of Charity” and co-authored the book, “Democracy Despite Itself: Why a system that shouldn’t work at all works so well.”

His research has garnered awards from the Society of Judgment and Decision Making, the European Association for Decision Making, and the Cognitive Science Society.  He has also won grants and/or fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and Hewlett Foundation.  His research has been widely reported in mainstream media outlets, including the Economist, The New York Times, The LA Times, PBS, Nature News, Fox News, and Glamour Magazine.

Professor Oppenheimer is an avid fan of volleyball, chocolate chip cookies, and corny puns.