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Hardcover | $120.00 Short | £82.95 | ISBN: 9780262201445 | 1039 pp. | 7 x 9 in | November 2003
Paperback | $65.00 Short | £44.95 | ISBN: 9780262700931 | 1039 pp. | 7 x 9 in | November 2003

Preference, Belief, and Similarity

Selected Writings


Amos Tversky (1937–1996), a towering figure in cognitive and mathematical psychology, devoted his professional life to the study of similarity, judgment, and decision making. He had a unique ability to master the technicalities of normative ideals and then to intuit and demonstrate experimentally their systematic violation due to the vagaries and consequences of human information processing. He created new areas of study and helped transform disciplines as varied as economics, law, medicine, political science, philosophy, and statistics.This book collects forty of Tversky’s articles, selected by him in collaboration with the editor during the last months of Tversky’s life. It is divided into three sections: Similarity, Judgment, and Preferences. The Preferences section is subdivided into Probabilistic Models of Choice, Choice under Risk and Uncertainty, and Contingent Preferences. Included are several articles written with his frequent collaborator, Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman.

About the Editor

Eldar Shafir is Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.


“"Amos Tversky was one of the most important social scientists of the last century. This extraordinary collection demonstrates his range and brilliance, and in particular his genius for showing how and why human intuitions go wrong. Is there a 'hot hand' in basketball? Is arthritis pain related to the weather? Why do we exaggerate certain risks? Why are some conflicts so hard to resolve? Tversky's answers will surprise you. Indispensable reading, and full of implications, for everyone interested in social science." Cass R. Sunstein, Law School and Department of Political Science, University of Chicago”
“This collection offers the best of Tversky, the best of the best. It is amazing how many of these articles are already classics, not only in the fields of choice and decision making, but in psychology in general.”
Edward E. Smith, Arthur W. Melton Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
“"Amos Tversky may have shown that basketball players do not have 'hot hands,' but he proved the opposite for psychologists. Tversky always made his basket, and in the process changed psychology, and also economics, forever." George Akerlof, Koshland Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences”