Remembering Dr. John Dickhaut

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Dr. John Dickhaut

John Dickhaut, Ph.D., the Jerrold A. Glass Endowed Chair in Accounting and Economics in the Argyros School of Business and Economics and a founding member of Chapman’s Economic Science Institute, has passed away.

“John loved interacting with students and challenging them to think carefully and deeply about the world around them. He was legendary in seminars asking penetrating questions to speakers and not relenting until the question was answered clearly.  Although John was passionate about research, he had a very unique sense of humor that made it easy to be relaxed when discussing topics with him,” Chancellor Daniele Struppa said in an e-mail to the university.

Dr. Dickhaut was a world-renowned researcher in the role of information in economies, the laboratory study of preferences, and trust. He was also one of the first researchers to use brain imaging to understand the nature of the choice process in the human neural system. 

He explained his work in an interview for the spring 2008 issue of Chapman Magazine:

“The other thing we think we’re beginning to uncover is that the way the brain makes choices seems to be mimicked in how organizations build their norms and their rules. It’s an important frontier,” he said.

Prior to his arrival at Chapman, Dr. Dickhaut was the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Accounting at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, where he was a professor of accounting for over 30 years.

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Dawn Bonker