Prior to working in industry full time I was the Chair of Decision Theory and Behavioral Game Theory at the ETH Zürich and also the director of the Decision Science Laboratory (DeSciL). I taught classes including Behavioral Decision Theory, Experimental Game Theory, and Negotiation Analysis. I supervised Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers, and we had several different research streams related to decision theory and game theory. Following is a list of my academic publications and more details from my Curriculum Vitae.


Murphy, R. O., & ten Brincke, R. (2017). Hierarchical maximum likelihood parameter estimation for cumulative prospect theory: Improving the reliability of individual risk parameter estimates. In press, Management Science.

Moisan, F., ten Brincke, R. H. W., Murphy, R. O., & Gonzalez, C. (2017). Not all prisoner’s dilemma games are equal: Incentives, social preferences, and cooperation. In press, Decision.

Murphy, R. O., Andraszewicz, S., & Knaus, S. D. (2016). Real options in the laboratory: An experimental study of sequential investment decisions. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 12, 23-39.

Ackermann, K. A., Fleiß, J., & Murphy, R. O. (2016). Reciprocity as an individual difference. Journal of Conflict Resolution, July, 1-28, online at DOI: 10.1177/0022002714541854.

Nax, Heinrich H., Murphy, R. O., & Ackermann, K. A. (2015).
Interactive preferences. Economics Letters, 135, 133-136, online at DOI:10.1016/j.econlet.2015.08.008.

Murphy, R. O., & Ackermann, K. A. (2014).
Social Value Orientation: Theoretical and measurement issues in the study of social preferences. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18(1), 13-41.

Holper, L., ten Brincke, R., Wolf, M., & Murphy, R. O. (2014). fNIRS derived hemodynamic signals and electrodermal responses in a sequential risk-taking task. Brain Research, 1557, 141-154.

Holper, L., & Murphy, R. O. (2013) Hemodynamic and affective correlates assessed during performance on the Columbia Card Task (CCT). Brain Imaging and Behavior. PMID: 24242358, doi:10.1007/s11682-013-9265-9.

Parco, J. E., & Murphy, R. O. (2013). Resistance to truthful revelation in bargaining: Persistent bid shading and the play of dominated strategies. Journal of Economic Psychology, 39, 154-170.

Haward, M. F., Murphy, R. O., & Lorenz, J. M. (2012). Defaults and neonatal resuscitation decisions.  Journal of Medical Ethics, 38, 713-718.

Rapoport, A., & Murphy, R. O. (2012). Evolution and breakdown of trust in continuous time. In G. Bolton & R. Croson (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Economic Conflict Resolution (p. 199-215). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M., & Murphy, R. O. (2012). Flashlight as a process tracing method. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior (p. 88-95). Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing.

Murphy, R. O., Ackermann, K. A., & Handgraaf, M. J. J. (2011).
Measuring Social Value Orientation (SVO).  Judgment and Decision Making, 6, 771-781.

Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M., Murphy, R. O., & Hutzler, F. (2011). Flashlight: Recording information acquisition online. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1771-1782.

Figner, B., & Murphy, R. O. (2010).
Using skin conductance in judgment and decision making research. In M. Schulte-Mecklenbeck, A. Kuehberger, & R. Ranyard (Eds.), A Handbook of Process Tracing Methods for Decision Research (p. 163-184). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Boldt, A. S., Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M., & Murphy, R. O. (2009). Flashlight: Online Erfassung von Mausbewegungen. In H. Wandke, S. Kain, & D. Struve (Eds.), Mensch & Computer 2009: Grenzenlos frei!?, Interdisziplinäre Fachtagung, 6-9. September 2009 (p. 475-478). Berlin: Oldenbourg Verlag.

Schulte-Mecklenbeck, M., & Murphy, R. O. (2009). Prozessdaten online erheben: Verschiedene Methoden im Überblick. In N. Jackob, H. Schoen, & T. Zerback (Eds.), Sozialforschung im Internet (p. 197-209). Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Bearden, J. N., Murphy, R. O., & Rapoport, A. (2008). Decision biases in revenue management: Some behavioral evidence. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 10, 625-636.

Haward, M. F., Murphy, R. O., & Lorenz, J. M. (2008). Framing and perinatal decisions: Implications for informed consent. Pediatrics, 122, 109-118.

Figner, B., & Murphy, R. O. (2008). Affect and deliberation: The role of cognitive control in risk taking behavior in children, adolescents, and adults. In K. Gilhooly, V. Girotto, D. Green, P. Legrenzi, & W. Schaeken (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Thinking.

Bearden, J. N., & Murphy, R. O. (2007). On generalized secretary problems. In M. Abdellaoui, R. D. Luce, M. J. Machina, & B. Munier (Eds.), Uncertainty and Risk — Mental, Formal and Experimental Representations (p. 187-205). Springer: New York.

Bearden, J. N., Rapoport, A., & Murphy, R. O. (2006). Sequential observation and selection with rank-dependent payoffs: An experimental test. Management Science, 52, 1437-1449.

Bearden, J. N., Rapoport, A., & Murphy, R. O. (2006). Sequential selection and assignment: An experimental study. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 19, 229-250.

Murphy, R. O., Rapoport, A., & Parco, J. (2006). The breakdown of cooperation in iterative real-time trust dilemmas. Experimental Economics, 9, 147-166.

Bearden, J. N., Murphy, R. O., & Rapoport, A. (2005). A multi-attribute extension of the secretary problem: Theory and experiments. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 49, 410-425.

Murphy, R. O., Rapoport, A., & Parco, J. (2004). Population learning of cooperative behavior in a three-person centipede game. Rationality and Society, 16, 91-120.

Gutek, B. A., Murphy, R. O., & Douma, B. (2004). A review and critique of the Sexual Experiences Questionnaire (SEQ). Law and Human Behavior, 28, 457-482.

Menefee, J. & Murphy, R. O. (2004). Rewarding and retaining the best: Compensation strategies for top performers. Benefits Quarterly, 3, 13-21.

Groth, M., Mertens, D., & Murphy, R. O. (2004). Customers as good soldiers: Extending organizational citizenship behavior research to the customer domain. In D. Turnipseed (Ed.), A Handbook on Organizational Citizenship Behavior: A Review of ‘Good Solider’ Activity in Organizations (p. 415-433). Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishing.

Price, P. & Murphy, R. O. (1999). General-knowledge overconfidence: A comparison of Brazilian and American university students. Mente Social, 5, 55-74.

Research Awards

Anatol Rapoport Prize, 2014
The prize is awarded every two years by the Modeling and Simulation section of the German Sociological Society to recognize research excellence in a recent social science work using quantitative modeling and/or simulation. This was an award for a paper that grew out of my work on Social Value Orientation. The paper is titled "Reciprocity as an Individual Difference" and is focused on measuring reciprocal tendencies in people (Ackermann, Fleiss, & Murphy, 2014).