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Wändi Bruine de Bruin

Wändi Bruine de Bruin

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Dr. Wändi Bruine de Bruin is a member of the research faculty at Carnegie Mellon's Department of Social and Decision Sciences. Her research interests include risk perception and communication, decision-making competence, adolescent decision making, and knowledge elicitation.

Dr. Bruine de Bruin has developed and validated a scale of Decision-Making Competence (Bruine de Bruin, Parker, & Fischhoff, JPSP, in press). A short version of the scale has been added to national surveys of older adults, to examine the role of decision-making competence in their retirement decisions.

Other ongoing projects include (a) examining the role of decision-making competence and decision-making styles in real-world decisions; (b) examining the role of emotions in responses to risk communication, (c) measuring inflation expectations and how they related to financial decisions, and (d) public perceptions of carbon capture and sequestration.

Dr. Bruine de Bruin has served as a risk communication expert on panels covering several health risks, including those related to pandemic influenza (organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and over-the-counter medication (organized by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health).

Copies of Dr. Bruine de Bruin's publications can be requested by contacting her or from the Center for Behavioral Decision Research web site:

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Research Methods, Assessment

Journal Articles:

  • Bruine de Bruin, W., Parker, A.M., & Fischhoff, B. (2007). Individual differences in Adult Decision-Making Competence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 938-956.
  • Parker, A.M., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Fischhoff, B. (2007). Maximizing vs. satisficing: Decision-making styles, competence, and outcomes. Judgment and Decision Making, 2, 342-350.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W., Downs, J.S., Fischhoff, B., & Palmgren, C. (2007). Development and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS knowledge measure for adolescents focusing on misunderstood concepts. HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth, 8, 35-57.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W., Parker, A.M., & Fischhoff, B. (2007). Can teens predict significant life events? Journal of Adolescent Health, 41, 208-210.
  • Downs, J. S., Bruine de Bruin, W., Murray, P. J., & Fischhoff, B. (2006). Specific STI knowledge may be acquired too late. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38, 65-67.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W. (2006). Save the last dance II: Unwanted serial position effects in figure skating judgments. Acta Psychologica, 123, 299-311.
  • Fischhoff, B., Bruine de Bruin, W., Güvenç, U., Brilliant, L., & Caruso, D. (2006). Analyzing disaster risks and plans: An Avian Flu example. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 33, 131-149.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W., Fischhoff, B., Brilliant, L., & Caruso, D. (2006). Expert judgments of pandemic influenza risks. Global Public Health, 1, 178-193.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W. (2005). Save the last dance for me: Unwanted serial position effects on jury evaluations. Acta Psychologica, 118, 245-260.
  • Downs, J. S., Murray, P. J., Bruine de Bruin, W., White, J. P., Palmgren, C., & Fischhoff, B. (2004). Interactive video behavioral intervention to reduce adolescent females' STD risk: A randomized controlled trial. Social Science & Medicine, 59, 1561-1572.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W., & Keren, G. (2003). Order effects in sequentially judged options due to the direction of comparison. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 92, 91-101.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W., Fischbeck, P. S., Stiber, N. A., & Fischhoff, B. (2002). What number is “fifty-fifty”? Redistributing excess 50% responses in risk perception studies. Risk Analysis, 22, 725-735.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W., Fischhoff, B., Millstein, S. G., & Halpern-Felsher, B. L. (2000). Verbal and numerical expressions of probability: “It’s a fifty-fifty chance.” Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 81, 115-131.
  • Bruine de Bruin, W., & Fischhoff, B. (2000). The effect of question format on measured HIV/AIDS knowledge in detention center teens, high school students, and adults. AIDS Education and Prevention, 12, 187-198.

Other Publications:

  • Bruine de Bruin, W., Downs, J.S., & Fischhoff, B. (2007). Adolescents’ thinking about the risks and benefits of sexual behavior. In: Lovett, M.C. & Shah, P. (Eds.) Thinking with data. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 421-439.

Wändi Bruine de Bruin
Department of Social and Decision Sciences
Porter Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

  • Phone: (412) 268-3237
  • Fax: (412) 268-6938

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