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Shenghua Luan

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Short CV: 

I obtained my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Florida. Before joining the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, I was an assistant professor of psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University. I am a researcher who aspires to improve our understanding of how people should and do make decisions. In my research, I study both individuals and groups, address theoretical as well as empirical questions, and employ a variety of methods. 

Research Interests: 
  • Heuristics in judgment and decision making
  • Group decision processes and the wisdom of crowds 
  • Organizational and managerial decision making
  • Cooperation and human cooperative behavior 
  • Sports forecasting
  • Applied signal detection theory 

Selected Literature: 

Tan, J., Luan, S, & Katsikopoulos, K. V. (in press). A signal-detection approach to modeling forgiveness decisions. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Hozo, I., Djulbegovic, B., Luan, S., Tsalatsanis, A., Gigerenzer, G. (2015). Towards theory integration: Threshold model as a link between signal detection theory, fast-and-frugal trees, and evidence accumulation theory. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. doi:10.1111/jep.12490.

Luan, S., Schooler, L. J., & Gigerenzer, G. (2014). From perception to preference and on to inference: An approach-avoidance analysis of thresholds. Psychological Review, 121, 501-525.

Verweij, M., van Egmond, M., Kuhnen, U., Luan, S., Ney, S., & Schoop, A. (2014). I disagree, therefore I am: How to test and strengthen cultural versatility. Innovation: the European Journal of Social Science Research, 27, 83-98.

Luan S., Katsikopoulos K. V., & Reimer, T. (2012) When does diversity trump ability (and vice versa) in group decision making? A simulation study. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31043.

Verweij, M., Luan, S., & Nowacki, M. (2011). How to test cultural theory: Suggestions for future research. PS: Political Science and Politics,44, 745-748.

Luan, S., Schooler, L. J., & Gigerenzer, G. (2011). A signal detection analysis of fast-and-frugal trees. Psychological Review, 118, 316-338.

   Reprinted in Decision, Supplementary Issue (2013), 24-55.

Luan, S., Sorkin, R. D., & Itzkowitz, J. (2004). Weighting information from outside sources: A biased process. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 17, 95-116.

Sorkin, R. D., Luan, S., & Itzkowitz, J. (2004). Group decision and deliberation: A distributed detection process. In Koehler, D., & Harvey, N. (Eds.), Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making. (pg. 464-484). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

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zuklappen Publications

Hozo, I., Djulbegovic, B., Luan, S., Tsalatsanis, A., & Gigerenzer, G. (2017). Towards theory integration: Threshold model as a link between signal detection theory, fast-and-frugal trees and evidence accumulation theory. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 23, 49-65. doi:10.1111/jep.12490
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Luan, S., & Reb, J. (2017). Fast-and-frugal trees as noncompensatory models of performance-based personnel decisions. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 141, 29-42. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2017.05.003
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Ruggeri, A., Luan, S., Keller, M., & Gummerum, M. (2017). The influence of adult and peer role models on children' and adolescents' sharing decisions. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12916
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Tan, J. H., Luan, S., & Katsikopoulos, K. V. (2017). A signal-detection approach to modeling forgiveness decisions. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38, 27-38. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2016.06.004
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Luan, S., Schooler, L. J., & Gigerenzer, G. (2014). From perception to preference and on to inference: An approach-avoidance analysis of thresholds. Psychological Review, 121, 501-525. doi:10.1037/a0037025
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Verweij, M., Van Egmond, M., Kühnen, U., Luan, S., Ney, S., & Schoop, M. A. (2014). I disagree, therefore I am: How to test and strengthen cultural versatility. Innovation, 27, 83-98. doi:10.1080/13511610.2014.904743

Luan, S., Katsikopoulos, K. V., & Reimer, T. (2013). The "Less-Is-More" effect in group decision making. In R. Hertwig, U. Hoffrage, & the ABC Research Group, Simple heuristics in a social world (pp. 293-317). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Luan, S., Katsikopoulos, K. V., & Reimer, T. (2012). When does diversity trump ability (and vice versa) in group decision making? A simulation study. PLoS ONE, 7(2):e31043. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031043
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Luan, S., Schooler, L. J., & Gigerenzer, G. (2011). A signal-detection analysis of fast-and-frugal trees. Psychological Review, 118, 316-338. doi:10.1037/a0022684
(Reprinted in Decision, Supplementary Issue (2013), 24-55.)
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Verweij, M., Luan, S., & Nowacki, M. (2011). How to test cultural theory: Suggestions for future research. PS: Political Science & Politics, 44, 745-748. doi:10.1017/S1049096511001399
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