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Weber receives Patrick Suppes Prize in Psychology

Center Affiliated Faculty member Elke Weber, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of psychology and public affairs, recently received the Patrick Suppes Prize in Psychology from the American Philosophical Society for her work to understand how people make decisions in real-world, uncertain environments.

Desmond suggests prescription for America's "addiction to poverty" in new book

Matthew Desmond, Professor of Sociology and director of Princeton’s Eviction Lab, asks why the United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. In his new book Poverty, by America, he illuminates the ways this country’s policies and practices perpetuate inequity and what he sees as an “addiction to poverty” among those with the power to do something about it. He asks his readers to become “poverty abolitionists.”

Human-centered design innovator Rachel Lehrer to visit center

Human-centered design leader Rachel Lehrer, who built and led the design and innovation team at the International Rescue Committee, will be visiting the Center Thursday, March 30.

Kahneman resolves conflict on income-wellbeing study, finds point at which unhappiness stops decreasing for unhappy people

Through a new adversarial collaboration with his critic Matthew Killingsworth, Daniel Kahneman revisits his landmark finding on an observed income ceiling for increased well-being and Killingsworth's follow up study that challenged the original work. The unlikely pair, with colleague Barbara Mellers, uncover new insights from the original data of each and suggest that questioning conventional practices in the social sciences might eliminate these errors in future studies.

Review of prejudice reduction training gets highlighted in popular press

Explaining her recent work with colleagues to review efficacy of prejudice reduction trainings, Betsy Levy Paluck, wrote an op-ed appearing in The Washington Post under the headline "Does diversity training work? We don’t know — and here is why." 

Gauri discusses behavioral strategies for building public trust in issues of global health

Behavioral economist and center-affiliated lecturer Varun Gauri, who taught a course in the policy school last year on mitigating the effects of vaccine hesitancy, discusses behavioral strategies for increasing positive communication and engendering trust around issues of public health in recent Nature article.

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Established with an anonymous gift in 2015, the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy honors the legacy of Daniel Kahneman and Anne Treisman and leverages the combined strengths of the Princeton University faculty across a range of disciplines.  Housed Princeton's School for Public and International Affairs, the Center is the intellectual hub that supports and organizes new research projects, plans lecture series and conferences, disseminates research results, and connects Princeton researchers and students with policy makers and scholars from other institutions.