Željka Buturović Bradarić

Research Associate



Education: PhD, Psychology, Columbia University, 2009

MA, Psychology, Columbia University, 2006

MA, Statistics, Harvard University, 2002 

BS, Electrical Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 1997 

Scientific interests:

  • Family (breastfeeding, parenting, relationships)
  • Decision-making; rationality; behavioral economics
  • Moral and political psychology; ideology


Željka Buturović’s work pursues three major lines of research: Mostly empirical projects regarding breastfeeding, family formation and parenting choices. The focus here is on psychological factors, such as perception of difficulty or peer fertility. Family-related decision-making is an extension of a longstanding interest in decision-making. Development and application of a novel decision-making model for longstanding problems in political science and philosophy. This model stands in contrast to consequentialist theories of decision-making such as expected utility (EU). On this view, conventional critiques of expected utility coming from behavioral economics essentially reinforce the fundamental problems of EU – the ideas that probability is central for decision making; that the crux of decision-making is algebraic manipulation within a fixed set of options, as opposed to discovery of options and scenarios; that knowledge obtained and even remembered is fixed once a discrete “decision” event commences, rendering its very occurrence somewhat of a mystery, etc. Moral psychology – this is an emerging area based on preliminary data (Buturović 2011 – see below) which showed greater variability in sympathy between liberal and conservative voters.


  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)


Selected publications:

  • Buturovic Zeljka, Ignjatovic Suzana (2015). Breastfeeding and adult intelligence, Lancet Global Health, (3)9, str. E520-E520 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00063-7
  • Buturovic Zeljka, Tasic Slavisa (2015). Kahneman’S Failed Revolution Against Economic Orthodoxy, Critical Review, 27(2): 127-145 DOI: 10.1080/08913811.2015.1068512
  • Buturovic Zeljka, Klein Daniel B. (2010). Economic Enlightenment in Relation to College-going, Ideology, and Other Variables: A Zogby Survey of Americans, Econ Journal Watch, 7(2): 174-196.
  • To Add Or Not To Add: Determinants of Childbearing Expectations. Саопштење. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, New Orleans, 2013, стр. 293.
  • Ideology and Sympatethic Profiles. Saopštenje. Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, DC, 2011.

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