Shereen Chaudhry

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wharton Risk Center

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Address: 3819 Chestnut Street, Ste. 130
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Shereen Chaudhry is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Risk Center. With training at the intersection of psychology and economics, she uses a combination of methodologies (experiments, surveys, observational data) to better understand how people make judgments and decisions. She is most interested in questions that fall into the categories of impression management/person perception, conflict management, interpersonal communication & politeness, and risk perception & communication. Her main line of research examines the power and peril inherent in communicating about credit and blame to others (i.e., thanking, apologizing, bragging, and blaming). At the Risk Center, Dr. Chaudhry has extended her work into the domain of risk perception and communication. In that work, she focuses on identifying risk communication strategies that are informed by the psychological processes behind the perception of risk, and that can help people make better decisions about protecting themselves against rare, but catastrophic events. Dr. Chaudhry received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Decision Research from the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Before that, she earned a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and a Master of Health Administration at Cornell University. (For more information, see her personal website listed above.)

Publications and Manuscripts Under Review

Chaudhry, SJ & Loewenstein, G. (in press). Thanking Apologizing, Bragging, and Blaming: Responsibility Exchange Theory and the Currency of Communication. Psychological Review. [PsyArXiv page][download paper]

“Extending the Time Horizon: Elevating Concern for Rare Events by Communicating Losses Over a Longer Period of Time” (with Michael Hand and Howard Kunreuther). Under review at Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. [download working paper]

Chaudhry, S.J. & Klinowski, D. (2016) “Enhancing autonomy to motivate effort: An experiment on the delegation of contract choice.” In Sebastian J. Goerg, John R. Hamman (ed.) Experiments in Organizational Economics (Research in experimental economics, vol 19). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 141-157. [link]

Bhatia, S. & Chaudhry, SJ. (2013). The dynamics of anchoring in bidirectional associative memory networks. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1899-1904). [link]

García-García I, Horstmann A, Jurado MA, Garolera M, Chaudhry SJ, Margulies DS, Villringer A, Neumann J. (2014). Reward processing in obesity, substance addiction and non-substance addiction. Obesity Reviews, 15(11), 853-869. [link]

Boettiger J, Margulies DS, Horn P, Thomale UW, Podlipsky I,  Shapira-Lichter I, Chaudhry SJ, Szkudlarek C, Mueller K, Lohmann G, Hendler T, Bohner G, Fiebach JB, Villringer A, Vajkoczy P, Abbushi A. (2011). A software tool for interactive exploration of intrinsic functional connectivity opens new perspectives for brain surgery. Acta Neurociurgica, 153, 1561-1572. [link]