Jerome Busemeyer

Jerome Busemeyer

Distinguished Professor and Provost Professor, Psychological And Brain Sciences

Adjunct Professor, Statistics


  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1979
  • University of Illinois, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Quantitative Methods 1980

Research interests

Dynamic, emotional, and cognitive models of judgment and decision making, quantum models of cognition and decision

Professional Experience

  • Past President of the Society of Mathematical Psychology
  • Member of NSF Panel
  • Member of NIMH panel
  • Editor Journal Mathematical Psychology 2005-2010
  • Editor Decision 2012-2019
  • Associate Editor Psychological Review 2012-2015


  • Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow Cognitive Science Society
  • Fellow Society of Experimental Psychology (awarded Warren medal, 2015)
  • Honorary Doctorate University of Basel, 2019

Representative publications

Quantum models of cognition and decision (2012)
Busemeyer, J. R., & Bruza, P. D.
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Markov versus quantum dynamic models of belief change during evidence monitoring (2019)
Busemeyer, J. R., Kvam, P. D., & Pleskac, T. J.
Scientific Reports, 9 18025

Cognitive and Neural Bases of Multi-Attribute, Multi-Alternative, Value-based Decisions (2019)
Busemeyer, J. R. Gluth, S., Rieskamp, J., Turner, B.
Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23 (3), 251-263

Hilbert space multidimensional theory (2018)
Busemeyer, J. R. & Wang, Z.
Psychological Review, 125 (4), 572-591

The detour problem in a stochastic environment: Tolman Revisited. (2018)
Fakhari, P., Khodadadi, A. & Busemey, J. R.
Cognitive Psychology, 101 29-49

Interference Effects of Choice on Confidence. Quantum characteristics of evidence accumulation (2015)
Kvam, P. D., Pleskac, T. J., Yu, S., & Busemeyer, J. R.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 112 (34), 10645-10650

Quantum cognition: A new theoretical approach to psychology (2015)
Bruza, P. D., Wang, Z., & Busemeyer, J. R.
Trends in Cognitive Science, 19 (7), 383-393

Context effects produced by question orders reveal quantum nature of human judgments (2014)
Wang, Z., Solloway, T., Shiffrin, R. M., & Busemeyer, J. R.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 111 (26), 9431-9436

Multi-alternative decision field theory: A dynamic artificial neural network model of decision-making (2001)
Roe, R. M., Busemeyer, J. R., & Townsend, J. T.
Psychological Review, 108 370-392

Decision Field Theory: A Dynamic Cognitive Approach to Decision Making (1993)
Busemeyer, J., & Townsend, J. T.
Psychological Review, 100 (3), 432-459

Dissertation Committee Service

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Denton, Stephen Exploring Active Learning in a Bayesian Framework (September 2009) Kruschke, J. (Co-Chair), Busemeyer, J. (Co-Chair), Jones, M., Todd, P.
Dimperio, Eric A Dynamic Model of Planning Behaviors in Multi-Stage Risky Decision Tasks (August 2009) Busemeyer, J., Goldstone, R., Kruschke, J., Scheutz, M.
Fific, Mario Emerging holistic properties at face value: assessing Characteristics of face perception (January 2006) Townsend, J. (Chair), Busemeyer, J., Maki, D., Shiffrin, R.
Frey, Seth Complex Collective Dynamics in Human Higher-Level Reasoning. A Study Over Multiple Methods (August 2013) Goldstone, R. (Chair), Todd, P., Beer, R., Busemeyer, J.
Harris, Jack Automated Cognitive Model Evaluation: Methodologies And Uses (December 2011) Schuetz, M. (Chair), Bertenthal, B., Busemeyer, J., Leake, D.
Hotaling, Jared Decision field theory-planning: A cognitive model of planning and dynamic (November 2013) Busemeyer, J. (Chair), Shiffrin, R., Todd, P., Nosofsky, R.
Houpt, Joseph Statistical Measures for the Double Factorial Paradigm (April 2012) Townsend, J. (Co-chair), Busemeyer, J., Kruschke, J. (Co-chair), Huang, C.
Jessup, Ryan Neural Correlates of the Behavioral Differences Between Descriptive and Experiential Choice: An Examination Combining Computational Modeling with FMRI (September 2008) Busemeyer, J. (Chair), Brown, J., Sporns, O., Todd, P.
Johnson, J. G. A Computational Modeling Account of Robust Preference Reversal Phenomena (December 2004) Busemeyer, J. (Co-Chair), Townsend, J. (Co-Chair), Sherman, S. J., Winston, W. L.
Laine, Tei Agent-Based Model Selection Framework For Complex Adaptive Systems (August 2006) Menczer, F. (Chair), Gasser, M., Busemeyer, J., Janssen, M.
Trueblood, Jennifer An Investigation of Context Effects in Multi-Alternative Choice Behavior Through Experimentation and Cognitive Modeling (June 2012) Busemeyer, J. (Chair), Kruschke, J., Shiffrin, R., Townsend, J.
Wang, Zheng Motivational Processing and Choice Behavior during Television Viewing: An Integrative Dynamic Approach (September 2007) Lang, A. (Chair), Busemeyer, J., Fox, J., Potter, R.
Yurovsky, Daniel Mechanisms of Statistical Word Learning (September 2012) Yu, C. (Co-Chair), Smith, L. (Co-Chair), Shiffrin, R., Jones, S., Busemeyer, J.,