Dr.Amos Tversky,59, a cognitive psychologist who changed...


June 07, 1996

Dr.Amos Tversky,59, a cognitive psychologist who changed the way experts in many fields think about how people make decisions about risks, benefits and probabilities, died Sunday of skin cancer at his home in Stanford, Calif.

Tversky, a professor of behavioral sciences at Stanford University, once said he merely examined in a scientific way things about behavior that were already known to "advertisers and used-car salesmen."

Much of his work had an economic slant, shaping the way economists look at decision making by consumers and business executives. It also influenced statisticians and researchers in medicine, philosophy and law.

Peter Glenville,82, a director who won accolades for his staging of plays in London's West End as well as on Broadway, died Monday at a friend's home in Manhattan, while on a visit from his home in San Miguel, Mexico. In the 1940s and 1950s, he directed such productions as "The Prisoner" with Alec Guinness, and "Romeo and Juliet" with Olivia de Havilland.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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