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  • Shai Davidai

    Assistant Professor of Psychology


    Shai Davidai is Assistant Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research. He received his PhD in Social Psychology at Cornell University. Recent courses taught at The New School include the Psychology of Happiness and Judgment and Decision Making.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD in Social Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2015)
    B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (2009)

    Recent Publications:

    Deri, S., Davidai, S., Gilovich, T. (2017). Home Alone: Why People Believe Others' Social Lives are Richer Than Their Own. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113(6), 858-877.

    Davidai, S., & Gilovich, T. (2017). The Ideal Road Not Taken: The Self-Discrepancies Involved in People's Most Enduring Regrets. Emotion. Advance online publication.

    Davidai, S., & Gilovich, T. (2016). The headwinds/tailwinds asymmetry: An availability bias in assessments of barriers and blessings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology111(6), 835.

    Davidai, S., & Gilovich, T. (2016). The tide that lifts all focal boats: Asymmetric predictions of ascent and descent in rankings. Judgment and Decision Making11(1), 7.

    Davidai, S., & Gilovich, T. (2015). What Goes Up Apparently Needn't Come Down: Asymmetric Predictions of Ascent and Descent in Rankings. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making28(5), 491-503.

    Davidai, S., & Gilovich, T. (2015). Building a more mobile America—One income quintile at a time. Perspectives on Psychological Science10(1), 60-71.

    Davidai, S., Gilovich, T., & Ross, L. D. (2012). The meaning of default options for potential organ donors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences109(38), 15201-15205.

    Research Interests:

    Social Psychology, Judgment and Decision Making, Perceptions of and reactions to economic inequality

    Current Courses:

    Judgment and Decision Making

    Psych of Happiness&Wellbeing

    Independent Study

    First Year Seminar

    Fundamentals of Social Psych

    Independent Study

    Senior Work Project