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Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman selected as the winner of the 2013 SAGE-CASBS Award

Recipient to be honored at the 2013 Social Science Summit hosted by the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Grant and Award Announcement


Los Angeles and Stanford, CA (July 11, 2013) – SAGE and the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS) are delighted to announce that Dr. Daniel Kahneman is the inaugural recipient of the SAGE-CASBS award. Establishedthis year, this award recognizes outstanding achievement in advancing the understanding of the behavioral sciences as they are applied to pressing social issues.

A CASBS fellow in 1978 and a Nobel laureate in economic science (2002), Dr. Kahneman is widely regarded for his work integrating insights about decision-making from psychological research into economics and is largely credited with the creation of behavioral economics with Amos Tversky (CASBS Fellow, Class of l971), a new field that incorporates both disciplines. The SAGE-CASBS award honors scholars such as Kahneman who have made significant contributions to disciplines beyond the recipient's chosen field of studyand to society as a whole.

"I realize the significance of the SAGE-CASBS award and am very touched to be receiving it," stated Dr. Kahneman. "There is a broad community of behavioral and social scientists which the CASBS has done much to bring together over the years. An award shared by our diverse disciplines highlights the truth that we have much in common."

In 2011, Kahneman released his highly-anticipated book Thinking Fast and Slow. Quickly becoming an international bestseller, this book takes readers on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think – one that is fast, intuitive and emotional while the other is slower, deliberative, and logical. The book was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011 and won the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012.

Dr. Kahneman will accept the award at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Summit on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Stanford University, where hewill deliver the keynote speech.

"The Center has historically served as the birthplace of bold and innovative ideas in the social and behavioral sciences as well as the kind of interdisciplinary work that can lead its Fellows to important breakthroughs,"said SAGE Founder and Executive Chairman, Sara Miller McCune. "Daniel Kahneman's work combining the behavioral and economic fields of study has resulted in significant real-life applications for all types of decision makers. Additionally, through the publication of Thinking Fast and Slow, Kahneman has taken great care to translate a lifetime of brilliant research so that it is digestible for public consumption. SAGE is happy to honor Kahneman with the inaugural SAGE-CASBS award."

Dr. Iris Litt, Director of the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University,believes the award will call attention to scholarship that doesn't always get the attention it deserves. She compares behavioral science to the air we breathe. "It's like taking oxygen in the air for granted: without it, life could not be sustained. So, too, the work here is essential to progress in solving important world problems, yet we rarely think about it," she said. "Behavioral science provides the knowledge needed to address societal issues. This award gives us the opportunity to recognize a behavioral scientist who has advanced our knowledge and understanding."

Driven by the belief that flourishing educational programs and engaged scholarship create healthy minds and ultimately, healthy societies, SAGE is the proud funder of the award. Since its founding in 1965, SAGE has been a passionate advocate for the social and behavioral sciences.

Miller McCune said,"Research conducted in the social and behavioral scienceshas the unique capability to improve the human condition in a way that other sciences cannot. Social and behavioral scientists deserve to be recognized for the important impact of their work and SAGE is happy to support an award that honors and celebrates these efforts."


SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.

Since its founding in 1954, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University has brought together distinguished scholars in the behavioral sciences to confront societal problems worldwide. The Center is honored to count among its Fellows 22 Nobel laureates, 14 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 44 MacArthur Fellows, in addition to hundreds of members of the National Academies.

Fellows have helped develop new policies and practices in fields as diverse as medicine, education, electoral politics, crime prevention, and international development. And they've played key roles in starting new interdisciplinary fields such as cognitive science and behavioral economics.

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