About the Authors

Danny Oppenheimer is a professor of psychology.  His research focuses on decision strategies and errors, and their implications in applied, real-world settings.  His work has been featured by MSNBC, PBS, BBC Radio, The Los Angeles Times, Nature News, The Guardian (London), The China Post, The Irish Examiner, The Times of India, Yahoo Finance, The New York Times, The Economist, and many other newspapers, magazines, and news outlets.  He has won numerous awards including the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Judgment and Decision Making and the Ig Nobel science humor award.  He has over two dozen peer reviewed publications and serves on the editorial boards of several prominent journals.

In addition to his Introductory Psychology class, Professor Oppenheimer has taught courses in Psychology and Public Policy, Media Portrayals of Psychology, Policy Implications of Psychological Testing, and Contemporary Issues in Psychology.   He received his Ph.D in Psychology from Stanford University; before joining UCLA, he was jointly appointed in psychology and public affairs at Princeton University from 2004-2012 where he was the recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Phi Beta Kappa teaching award.

Professor Oppenheimer  is an avid fan of volleyball, musical theater, and corny puns.


Mike Edwards holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.  His studies focused on strategic thinking and game theory, with specific regard to the development and stability of federal regimes and the escalation of international conflicts.  He has taught course sections on game theory, statistics, and research methods, among many other subjects.  Since graduating, he has maintained and regularly contributed to a blog that focuses on finding innovative solutions to some of the most difficult problems in American government and society.  He brings to this project a solid understanding of the current American political scene, grounded in the formal insights of modern social scientific thought.  He has done substantial research into the role that debate moderators play in presidential elections and has taken special interest in the ability of the media to shape public perception of current events.

Mr. Edwards lives in Cambridge, MA, regularly cares for his nephews, and consumes more news commentary than is probably healthy for any one individual.


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