Doctoral students

Maxim Milyavsky



Instructors: Prof. Ran R. Hassin and Prof. Yaacov Schul

Research: The influence of motivation on use of subliminal cues

Teaching: Experimental psychology

General

מיליאבסקי מקסים
 
Intuition and Unconscious Decision Making
 
As a former chess player I have made thousands of intuitive decisions some of which seemed to be correct, but proved to be wrong. Since then I am eager to understand how one can become more sensitive to his right intuitions. As a fan of Zen and as a tai-chi practicioner, from time to time, I experience moments of the increased clarity of mind, in which complicated things look easy and the right decisions come to the mind effortlessly. Thus, I believe that intuitions can benefit from certain states of mind.
In my research I try to find the scientific evidence for that belief and to understand how these things work. To study how people can improve their intuitive decisions I have invented a novel paradigm which allows to assess the influence of unconscious information on intuitive choices. To make sure that people are unaware of the information it is presented subliminally - below one's threshold of awareness. Then people's use of that information in their decisions is measured. In my Ph.D project I examine whether and how people's motivations and intentions modulate the influence of the unconscious information on their choices. 
I'll be happy to collaborate with people who are fascinated in the similar kind of questions.
 
Publications:
 
 
 
 
Milyavsky, M., Hassin, R., Schul, Y. Guess What? Implicit Motivation Boosts the Influence of Subliminal Information on Choice. Consciousness and Cognition (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2012.06.001
 
Presentations
Yaniv, I., Choshen-Hillel, S., & Milyavsky, M. (2007, November). Spurious consensus and opinion revision: Why might people be more confident in their less accurate judgments? Presented on the Meeting of the Society for Judgment/ Decision Making, Long Beach, CA.

Yaniv, I., Choshen-Hillel., S., & Milyavsky, M. (2007, August). Receiving Advice on Matters of Taste: How Relevant Are Other Peoples’ Preferences? Presented on the Meeting of the European Association of Decision Making (SPUDM-21), Warsaw, Poland. 

Milyavsky, M., Hassin, R., Schul, Y. (2011, February). Guess What? Implicit Motivation Boosts the Influence of Subliminal Information on Choice. Presented at the of Poster Session on Annual Meeting of SPSP, San-Antonio, TX, USA.

Milyavsky, M., Hassin, R., Schul, Y. (2011, May). Explicit Motivation and Intention Modulate the Influence of Subliminal Cues on Choice. Presented on the Colloquium of Social Psychology Department of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Milyavsky, M., Hassin, R., Schul, Y. (2012, January). Explicit Motivation and Intuitive Choice: Money Boosts the Influence of Subliminal Cues on Category-based Intuitive Choice. Accepted for Presentation on the Poster Session on Annual Meeting of SPSP, San-Diego, CA, USA.