Craig R. M. McKenzie
Professor
Rady School of Management
and
Department of Psychology

9500 Gilman Drive - MC 0553
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla CA 92093-0553
USA

tel: 858.534.3739
fax: 858.534.0745
cmckenzie at ucsd dot edu



I am a cognitive psychologist interested in inference, uncertainty, and choice. Most of my recent research explains errors people purportedly make in the laboratory by (a) adopting a different (usually Bayesian) normative approach to the task of interest and (b) taking into account the typical structure of the environment. I often find that "errors" are the result of people behaving as (qualitative) Bayesians who make reasonable assumptions about task parameters that reflect how the world usually works. I don't claim that people never make mistakes, only that people's behavior is much richer, more interesting -- and often more rational -- than usually depicted in the judgment and decision-making literature.

Selected recent publications:

curriculum vitae



Psychology Courses
  • Psychology 105: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (Spring 2012)
    Syllabus

  • Psychology 176: Creativity (Spring 2014)
    Syllabus

  • Psychology 209: Topics in Judgment and Decision Making (Winter 2013)
    Reading List

  • Psychology 237: Human Rationality (Winter 2014)
    Reading List

La Jolla Cove

Updated April 1, 2014