Ryan Best

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Pittsburgh Office


PhD in psychology (cognitive), Florida State University


Ryan Best is a NIH/NIA postdoctoral fellow in the Study of Aging at RAND Corporation. Best is a cognitive and developmental psychologist with a focus on adult development and aging. His research uses the lifespan development approach to study how shifts in motivational processes across adulthood affect decision-making and how adults pursue goals. His current research investigates how the subjective weighting of the probability and magnitude of gains and losses influences decisions in various domains, including goal pursuit, technology adoption, prosocial behavior, and the evaluation of health and advanced driving technologies. Best received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Florida State University.

Research Focus

Selected Publications

Best, R., & Freund, A. M., "Age, loss minimization, and the role of probability for decision-making," Gerontology, 64, 2018

Souders, D. J., Best, R., & Charness, N., "Valuation of active blind spot detection systems by younger and older adults," Accident Analysis and Prevention, 106, 2016

Charness, N., Best, R., & Evan, J., "Supportive home health care technology for older adults: Attitudes and implementation," Gerontechnology, 15, 2016

Best, R., & Charness, N., "Age differences in the effect of framing on risky choice: A meta-analysis," Psychology and Aging, 30, 2015

Fox, M. C., Ericsson, K. A., & Best, R., "Do procedures for verbal reporting of thinking have to be reactive? A meta-analysis and recommendations for best reporting methods," Psychological Bulletin, 137, 2011

Best, R., & Freund, A. M., "Beyond money: Non-monetary prosocial behavior across adulthood.," Psychology and Aging (forthcoming)

Depping, M. K., Best, R., & Freund, A. M., "From gains to losses: Age-related differences in decisions under risk in a non-monetary gambling task," (forthcoming)

Best, R., Freydefont, L., & Freund, A. M., "Aging, task difficulty, and effort investment: A meta-analysis," (forthcoming)