Carnegie Mellon University

Russell Golman

Russell Golman

Assistant Professor , Department of Social and Decision Sciences


I was trained as a game theorist with a Mathematics Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  But whereas game theorists usually assume that people making strategic decisions are hyper-rational, I try to acknowledge that real people are influenced by each other and sometimes make mistakes.  My research interests have thus expanded into behavioral economics and behavioral decision research as well as complex adaptive systems and social dynamics.  I use economics, psychology, and mathematics to develop theories about why people (and societies) make the choices they make.

My current research projects have me thinking about how strategic deliberation proceeds, how information can be extracted from one’s social network, how fads emerge, how entrepreneurial culture forms, how uncertainty may be exciting or uncomfortable, and how curiosity arises.