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About the Lab

I study how individuals make risky choices and whether they do so in consistent, predictable ways that reveal their motivations and goals.  My lab uses the language of mathematics and statistical modeling to make these concepts precise and testable.   In collaboration with other labs, I seek to better understand decision making across many experimental and observational settings, with a particular focus on risky decisions involving alcohol and addictions.  In tandem with our empirical investigations, my lab develops and applies advanced quantitative methods to make sound statistical inferences and predictions.   This scope of work includes Bayesian cognitive modeling, order-constrained statistical inference, network modeling, and machine learning. The lab has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense.  I support transparency in science by making data, code, and related materials publicly available on established file sharing websites.


Dr. Clintin Davis-Stober is a Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. He holds a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology and an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Career Awards

  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science
  • Fellow of the Psychonomic Society
  • William K. Estes Early Career Award, Society for Mathematical Psychology
  • Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award, University of Missouri
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, American Psychological Association (APA) Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics

Current Editorial Appointments

  • Associate Editor, Decision
  • Consulting Editor, Psychological Review
  • Consulting Editor, Judgment and Decision Making
Selected Publications


For a complete list of publications, please visit

Davis-Stober, C. P., Dana, J., Kellen, D., McMullin, S. D., & Bonifay, W. (in press). Better accuracy for better science...through random conclusions.  Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Broomell, S. B., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (in press). The strengths and weaknesses of crowds to address global problems. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Kellen, D., Davis-Stober, C. P., Dunn, J. C., & Kalish, M. L. (2021). The problem of coordination and the pursuit of structural constraints in psychology. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16, 767-778. 10.31234/

Hatz, L., Park, S., McCarty, K. N., McCarthy, D. M., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2020). Young adults make rational sexual decisions. Psychological Science, 31, 944-956.

McCausland, W. J., Davis-Stober, C. P., Marley, A. A. J., Park, S., & Brown, N. (2020). Testing the random utility hypothesis directly. The Economic Journal, 130, 183-207.

Davis-Stober, C. P., & Regenwetter, M. (2019). The 'paradox' of converging evidence. Psychological Review, 126, 865-879.

Cavagnaro, D. R., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2018). A model-based test for treatment effects with probabilistic classifications. Psychological Methods, 23, 672-689.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Park, S., Brown, N., & Regenwetter, M. (2016). Reported violations of rationality may be aggregation artifacts.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, E4761-E4763.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Budescu, D. V., Dana, J., & Broomell, S. B. (2015). The composition of optimally wise crowds. Decision Analysis, 12, 130-143.

Regenwetter, M., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2012). Choice variability versus structural inconsistency of preferences. Psychological Review, 119, 408-416.

Regenwetter, M., Dana, J., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2011). Transitivity of preferences. Psychological Review, 118, 42-56.

Davis-Stober, C. P. (2011). A geometric analysis of when fixed weighting schemes will outperform ordinary least squares. Psychometrika, 76, 650-669.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Dana, J., & Budescu, D. V. (2010). A constrained linear estimator for multiple regression. Psychometrika, 75, 521-541.

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