Amos Tversky

Psychologist, Academic

1937 – 1996

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Who was Amos Tversky?

Amos Nathan Tversky was a cognitive and mathematical psychologist, a pioneer of cognitive science, a longtime collaborator of Daniel Kahneman, and a key figure in the discovery of systematic human cognitive bias and handling of risk. Much of his early work concerned the foundations of measurement. He was co-author of a three-volume treatise, Foundations of Measurement. His early work with Kahneman focused on the psychology of prediction and probability judgment. Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman worked together to develop prospect theory, which aims to explain irrational human economic choices and is considered one of the seminal works of behavioral economics. Six years after Tversky's death, Kahneman received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for the work he did in collaboration with Amos Tversky. Kahneman told The New York Times in an interview soon after receiving the honor: "I feel it is a joint prize. We were twinned for more than a decade." Tversky also collaborated with Thomas Gilovich, Itamar Simonson, Paul Slovic and Richard Thaler in several key papers.

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Born
Mar 16, 1937
Haifa
Nationality
  • Israel
Profession
Education
  • University of Michigan
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Employment
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Stanford University
Died
Jun 2, 1996
Stanford

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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