Daniel M. Bartels

University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
5807 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Office: 773-702-8325
E-mail: bartels@uchicago.edu
Vita (in PDF format)

Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Chicago, 2013 – present
Assistant Professor of Marketing, Columbia University, 2010 – 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Decision Research, University of Chicago, 2007 2010

Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Northwestern University, 2007 (M.S. in 2002)
    Committee: Douglas Medin (chair), Lance Rips, Reid Hastie
B.S., Psychology (summa cum laude), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2001


Judgment and Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, Moral Psychology, Concepts and Categories


Bartels, Daniel M., Christopher W. Bauman, Fiery A. Cushman, David A. Pizarro, and A. Peter McGraw (forthcoming), "Moral Judgment and Decision Making." In G. Keren & G. Wu (Eds.) The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making. Chichester, UK: Wiley.

With Oleg Urminsky (forthcoming), "To Know and To Care: How Awareness and Valuation of the Future Jointly Shape Consumer Spending," Journal of Consumer Research. Media:

Bartels, Daniel M. and Eric J. Johnson (2015), "Connecting Cognition and Consumer Choice," Cognition, 135, 47-51.

Newman, George E., Daniel M. Bartels, and Rosanna K. Smith (2014), "Are Artworks More like People than Artifacts? Individual Concepts and their extensions," Topics in Cognitive Science, 6, 647-662. Media: *

Bauman, Christopher W., A. Peter McGraw, Daniel M. Bartels, and Caleb Warren (forthcoming), "Revisiting External Validity: Concerns about Trolley Problems and Other Sacrificial Dilemmas in Moral Psychology," Social and Personality Psychology Compass. Media: .

Urminsky, Oleg, Daniel M. Bartels, Paola Giuliano, George E. Newman, Stefano Puntoni, and Lance J. Rips (2014), "Choice and Self: How Synchronic and Diachronic Identity Shape Choices and Decision Making," Marketing Letters, 25, 281-291.

Bartels, Daniel M., Trevor Kvaran, and Shaun Nichols (2013), "Selfless Giving," Cognition, 129, 392-403. Media:

Burns, Zachary C., Eugene M. Caruso, and Daniel M. Bartels (2012), "Predicting Premeditation: Future Behavior is Seen as More Intentional than Past Behavior," Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 227-232.

Robinson, Paul H., Sean E. Jackowitz and Daniel M. Bartels (2012), Extralegal Punishment Factors: A Study of Forgiveness, Hardship, Good Deeds, Apology, Remorse, and Other Such Discretionary Factors in Assessing Criminal Punishment," Vanderbilt Law Review, 65, 737-826.

Bartels, Daniel M. and Oleg Urminsky (2011), "On Intertemporal Selfishness: How the Perceived Instability of Identity Underlies Impatient Consumption," Journal of Consumer Research, 38, 182-198. Media: *, ||, , , #, , , ,

Bartels, Daniel M. and David A. Pizarro (2011), "The Mismeasure of Morals: Antisocial Personality Traits Predict Utilitarian Responses to Moral Dilemmas," Cognition, 121, 154-161. Media: , , §, ,

Bartels, Daniel M. and Russell C. Burnett (2011), "A Group Construal Account of Drop-in-the-Bucket Thinking in Policy Preference and Moral Judgment," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 50-57.

Bartels, Daniel M. and Lance J. Rips (2010), "Psychological Connectedness and Intertemporal Choice," Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139, 49-69.

Bennis, Will M., Douglas L. Medin, and Daniel M. Bartels (2010), "The Costs and Benefits of Calculation and Moral Rules," Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5, 187-202.

Bennis, Will M., Douglas L. Medin, and Daniel M. Bartels (2010), "Perspectives on the Ecology of Decision Modes: Reply to Comments," Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5, 213-215.

Robinson, Paul H., Michael T. Cahill, and Daniel M. Bartels (2010), "Competing Theories of Blackmail: An Empirical Research Critique of Criminal Law Theory," Texas Law Review, 89, 291-532. Media: *

Iliev, Rumen, Sonya Sachdeva, Daniel M. Bartels, Craig M. Joseph, Satoru Suzuki, and Douglas L. Medin (2009), "Attending to Moral Values, In Daniel M. Bartels, Christopher W. Bauman, Linda J. Skitka, and Douglas L. Medin (Eds.) Moral Judgment and Decision Making: The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol 50. San Diego: Elsevier, 169-190.

Bartels, Daniel M. (2008), "Principled Moral Sentiment and the Flexibility of Moral Judgment and Decision Making," Cognition, 108, 381-417.

Day, Samuel B. and Daniel M. Bartels (2008), "Representation over Time: The Effects of Temporal Distance on Similarity," Cognition, 106, 1504-1513.

Bartels, Daniel M. and Douglas L. Medin (2007), "Are Morally-Motivated Decision Makers Insensitive to the Consequences of their Choices?," Psychological Science, 18, 24-28. Media:

Bartels, Daniel M. (2006), "Proportion Dominance: The Generality and Variability of Favoring Relative Savings over Absolute Savings," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 100, 76-95.

Bloomfield, Amber, Josh Sager, Daniel M. Bartels, and Douglas L. Medin (2006), "Caring about Framing Effects," Mind and Society, 5, 1504-1513.

Jameson, Jason T., Dedre Gentner, Samuel B. Day, Stella Christie, Julie Colhoun, and Daniel M. Bartels (2005), "Clarifying the Role of Alignability in Similarity Comparisons," Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci2005. Hillsdale, NJ: Earlbaum.

Media key: * New York Times, † The Economist, ‡ The Atlantic, § Wall Street Journal, || Time, ¶ US News and World Report, # Money Magazine, ♠ Chicago Tribune, ♥ Scientific American; ♦ Psychology Today, Boston Globe


Bartels, Daniel M., Christopher W. Bauman, Linda J. Skitka, and Douglas L. Medin, Eds. (2009), "Moral Judgment and Decision Making: The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 50," San Diego: Elsevier

Projects in Various Stages of Development

With Marc Scholten and Daniel Read (in preparation), "Tradeoffs and Choice-Set Effects in Intertemporal Choice."

With Oleg Urminsky (in preparation), "Similarity in Context: Implications for Consumer Judgment and Choice."

With Nicholas Reinholtz and Jeffrey R. Parker (in preparation), "On the Mental Accounting of Restricted-Use Funds: How Gift Cards Change WhatConsumers Purchase."

With Stephen A. Atlas (in preparation), "Periodic Pricing Revisited: Beyond Pennies-a-Day."

Conference and Symposium Organization and Program Committees

Sloman, Steven S., David Lagnado, Daniel M. Bartels, Ulrike Hahn, Charles Kemp, Joshua Knobe, Tania Lombrozo, Mike Oaksford, Daniel Oppenheimer, and David Over (2016), "International Coference on Thinking," Providence, RI.

Dale, Rick, Carolyn Jennings, Paul Maglio, Teenie Matlock, Anne Warlaumont, and Jeff Yoshimi (2015), "CogSci 2015: Mind, Technology, & Society," Pasadena, CA.

Bartels, Daniel M., Oleg Urminsky, and Stephanie Y. Chen (2015), "Interdisciplinary Conference on Personal Identity and Decision Making," Chicago, IL.

McGraw, A. Peter, Daniel M. Bartels, Russel Belk, and Janet Schwartz (2014), "Morality in the Marketplace," Session to be presented at the meeting of the Association for Consumer Research, Baltimore, MD.

Urminsky, Oleg and Daniel M. Bartels (2013), "Choice and Self: How Identity Shapes Choices and Decision Making," presented at the Ninth Triennial Choice Symposium, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

Bartels, Daniel M. and A. Peter McGraw (2010), "Moral Flexibility in Judgment and Decision Making," Symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, St. Louis, MO.

Bartels, Daniel M. (2009, October), "Long-term Decisions and Focusing on the Future," Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Consumer Research, Pittsburgh, PA.

Bauman, Christopher W., Daniel M. Bartels, Craig M. Joseph, and Adam D. Galinsky (2007, April), "Values-Driven Judgment and Reasoning," Conference funded by the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship and presented at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL.

Bartels, Daniel M. (2006, November), "Morally-Motivated Judgment and Decision Making," Symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Houston, TX.



Consumer Behavior (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)
—Full-time MBA, Evening MBA
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making (Columbia Business School)
—Daytime MBA, Executive MBA, Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA

Information Processing in Consumer Behavior (Columbia Business School)
—Ph.D Program

Marketing Literature Seminar (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)
—Ph.D Program

The Psychology of Decision Making (Northwestern University)


Editorial Board Member

Journal of Consumer Research; Cognition

Ad hoc reviewer

Journal of Marketing Research; Trends in Cognitive Sciences; Psychological Bulletin; Psychological Review; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Personality and Social Psychology Review; Perspectives on Psychological Science; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Current Directions in Psychologlical Science; Psychological Science; Cognitive Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience; Emotion; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Journal of Personality; PLoS One; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; Management Science; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Cognitive Science; Social Psychological and Personality Science; Judgment and Decision Making; Acta Psychologica; Journal of Behavioral Decision Making; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Economic Psychology; Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; Marketing Letters; Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Decision Analysis


Association for Consumer Research

Cognitive Science Society

Society for Consumer Psychology

Society for Judgment and Decision Making