Risk and Decision Making Lab

Louisiana State University


Apr 27, 2024

Presentations at SIOP Conference, Chicago 2024

Graduate students Katelyn Reeves and Tyler Cowley presenting our research on risk taking at the SIOP 2024 conference.

Apr 26, 2024

Colette and Gabrielle presenting at the LSU Discover Day

Mar 27, 2024

Don Zhang receives the LSU Rainmaker Award

Lab director Don Zhang receives the LSU Rainmaker Award, which is given each year to faculty who show outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity for their respective ranks and discipline. Learn more Here

Jan 27, 2024

Editor's Commendation in the Journal of Business and Psychology

RANDM Lab's 2023 publication (Zhang, Barratt, & Smith, 2023) in the Journal of Business and Psychology received the Editor Commendation! It is one of 12 articles with this honor. Read the article here

Jan 12, 2024

Congratulations, Dr. Gino Howard

Congratulations to Lab Alum Dr. Gino Howard! Gino graduated with his PhD in December 2023, and is now an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at CSU San Bernadino.

Jan 8, 2024

New publication in Journal of Risk Research

In a new paper with graduate students/alum: Gino Howard & Tyler Cowley, we examine the psychometric qualities of the General Risk Question, a single item measure of stated risk preference. We find that a single item measure is comparable to longer, mul...

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Nov 27, 2023

Graduate Student Katelyn Reeves Presenting at SJDM Conference

Graduate student Katelyn Reeves presented our research on risk takers at work at the Society for Judgment and Decision-Making Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Aug 1, 2023

Oddball interview research featured by the Wall Street Journal


Jul 28, 2023

ASPIRE Scholars Gabriel and Colette presenting their research at the annual SURF Conference

ASPIRE Scholars Gabrielle Mellor and Colette Mouton presents their poster at the LSU Summer Undergraduate Research Fair (SURF). They spent the summer researching whether risk takers are happy and present their findings from a survey study of over 400 u...

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May 22, 2023

New Publication on Unveiling the Impact of Oddball Interview Questions on Organizational Personality Perceptions

In a new publication by Don Zhang and RANDM Lab alum John-Luke McCord, we examine oddball interview questions and their influence on organizational personality perceptions. This study sheds light on the impact of unconventional interview techniques on ... (Link)

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Jan 25, 2023

New publication in the Journal of Business and Psychology

In this new paper entitled: "The Bright, Dark, and Grey Sides of Risk Takers at Work: Criterion Validity of Risk Propensity for Contextual Work Performance" - Don Zhang teamed up with Clare Barratt and Rachel Smith to investigate the role of risk prope...

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Nov 18, 2022

New publication on interviewer overconfidence in the European Joural of Work and Organizational Psychology

In this paper with Edgar Kausel, we conducted three lab studies to examine mechanisms and interventions of interviewer overconfidence. We found that interviewers judged their own interview questions as more valid when the same questions were rated by s...

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Nov 14, 2022

Congratulations to Hannah Stark for coming in 2nd at the SJDM conference student poster competition!

RANDM Lab graduate student Hannah Stark came in 2nd place at the student poster competition at the annual conference for the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. Her research examines the predictive efficacy of risk-taking profiles on work and lif...

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Jul 22, 2022

Dr. Zhang was awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Don Zhang receives the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award (CAREER Award), the most prestigious grant awarded to early career researchers. He is one of four recipients of this award from LSU this year. This $430,000 grant wil...

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Jul 15, 2022

Congratulations, Dr. McCord!

Lab alumni Dr. John-Luke McCord defended his dissertation, which examined the role of risk propensity on career achievement over the life span. Congratulations, Dr. McCord. He is currently a consultant at Xecutive Metrix.

Mar 27, 2022

Meta-Analysis on Risk Taking Published in JRP

New paper entitled "Is risk propensity unique from the big five factors of personality? A meta-analytic investigation" was published in Journal of Research in Personality with co-authors Scott Highhouse and Yi (Lala) Wang. In this study, we meta-analyz...

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Mar 1, 2022

Duck-sized horses?

New paper entitled "Horse-Sized Ducks or Duck-Sized Horses? Oddball Personality Questions Are Likable (but Useless) for Organizational Recruitment" was published in the Journal of Business and Psychology. This paper examined how applicants react to odd...

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Mar 27, 2021

Personality profile of risk takers

New paper now in press at Journal of Individual Differences lead by lab alumni Lizzie Joseph (Now at Texas Christian University) examines the personality determinants of risk preferences using the Big Five facets. In two independent samples, we found t...

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Dec 11, 2020

Does wishing lead to seeing?

Undergraduate researcher and ASPIRE, award recipient, Brynne Babin presenting a two-year replication project on the “Wishful Seeing” effect (Balcetis & Dunning 2010) at the prestigious Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference (Virtual). Also...

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