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  • Shai Davidai

    Assistant Professor of Psychology


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    Shai Davidai


    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 Wellbeing andHappiness, Fundamentals of Social Psychology, 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

    Davidai, S., & Gilovich, T. (2018). How should we think about American's perceptions of socio-economic mobility? Judgment and Decision Making, 13(3), 297-304.

    Davidai, S. & Shafir, E. (2018). Are "nudges" getting a fair shot? Joint versus separate evaluations. Behavioural Public Policy, 1-19.

    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 Psychology, 111(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 Making, 11(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 Making, 28(5), 491-503.

    Davidai, S., & Gilovich, T. (2015). Building a more mobile America—One income quintile at a time. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(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 Sciences, 109(38), 15201-15205.

    Research Interests

    Social Psychology, Judgment and Decision Making, Economic inequality and mobility, Social comparisons,


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    Current Courses

    Judgment and Decision Making

    Psych of Happiness&Wellbeing

    Independent Study

    First Year Seminar

    Fundamentals of Social Psych

    Independent Study

    Senior Work Project

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